Danica Patrick to Race Full-Time in NASCAR Starting 2012

Being the first women to win an IndyCar race in Japan three years ago, Danica Patrick proves once again that some women can drive better than most of men. Moreover, she will race full-time in NASCAR starting next year. The deal was sealed after she signed a contract with chairman Bob Parsons in front of TV cameras and team members.

Patrick will compete in the Nationwide Series driving the Chevrolet from JR Motorsports NO. 7. Danika’s entering in NASCAR will be big boost for the sport, which has lost some of its popularity recently and has suffered due to shaky economy.

“If it was about money, I’d have gone a long time ago. I just go where my heart tells me, where my gut tells me to go, where I’m enjoying my life the most, where I feel like I can have the most success. I’ve truly enjoyed my experience in NASCAR, to the point that I want to do it full-time,” Danica Patrick was quoted as saying by Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports. Her decision to leave IndyCar leaves sport fans a bit disappointed, given the fact that she was the biggest star on the circuit.

“We’re thrilled with Danica Patrick’s decision to join us for the 2012 season and looking forward to seeing her behind the wheel of a NASCAR Nationwide Series car on a consistent basis. Her presence will continue to make our Series stronger and more competitive. She has proven to raise awareness levels of our sport, sponsors and competitors and that’s good for everyone involved,” Matt Jauchius, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer for Nationwide Insurance, was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source.
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