Danica To Make NASCAR Debut At Fontana
Danica Patrick’s NASCAR career will likely begin in California where she is scheduled to race in the Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 30 she announced on Thursday.
She is then scheduled to follow that with a race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the following week.
However, the option exists that she may enter the season-opening Nationwide race at Daytona International Speedway.
The announcement was made at a press conference in Mooresville, N.C.
Patrick, now a veteran of the IndyCar Series, will start her stock-car career in an ARCA car during Speed Weeks in Daytona.
She will do that to show NASCAR officials that she can compete in stock cars on big tracks. If things go well in the ARCA race, Patrick may attempt to qualify for the Nationwide race at DIS.
Patrick said that she will concentrate on the Indianapolis 500 with her Andretti Autosport IndyCar team but then plans to run some NASCAR events during the IRL season after that. The plan is to run the full IndyCar schedule.
She said she would like to run about a dozen Nationwide races this coming season and, yes, the hope is to get to Sprint Cup some day.
The press conference was attended by Dale Earnhardt Jr., co-owner of JR Motorsports, the team for which Patrick will drive. Also at the presser were her crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., and Kelley Earnhardt, president and general manager of JRM.
Patrick is scheduled to participate in Friday’s ARCA test session at Daytona Interntional Speedway.No Comment