Patrick Rules Out F1 Move, Considers NASCAR

From the 6 additional racing spots created by the newly-entrant teams for the 2010 Formula One championship, only one was reportedly landed by an F1 veteran. Pedro de la Rosa presumably inked a 2-year deal with Campos Grand Prix this weekend, but 5 spots are still up for grabs in the series.

And one team that hasn't said a word about their 2010 drivers' lineup recently is US F1 (or US Grand Prix Engineering, as it's still not clear what the team's official designation will be next year). Although several rumors regarding their drivers lineup had surfaced in the media soon after their launch in late February, they kind of cooled off in recent months.

Danica Patrick was believed to be in pole position for taking on the chance to debut in the series, but constantly denied the rumors. As far as her last interview with the LA Times goes, we might as well scrap her for good from the F1 wannabe list, as she admitted an F1 career is definitely not in her future plans at the moment.

As interesting as it might sound, Patrick's only argument for not wanting to sign up for the F1 seat was her “creature comforts of her home country.” Apparently, her being close to her family is more important than competing in the Pinnacle of Motorsport, as confirmed in the aforementioned interview.

I've had opportunities to take it a step further with Formula 1, and I don't want to lead anyone down a path. It's not in my heart to go there. I've explored Europe before. I particularly like to be here and I like my family and I like my friends,” said Patrick.

Well, at least she's honest! Patrick herself insisted that he kept everybody at US F1 informed about her future plans. Although she is yet to decide whether she'll stay in the Indy Car or move to NASCAR (both moves are currently related with a racing seat with Ganassi Racing), one thing's for sure: Formula One is out of the question.

At the end of the day the team has to make sense, the deal's got to make sense; the progression has to make sense. I might race IndyCar and never go to NASCAR at all. I'm not really sure right now,” added the 27-year old driver.
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