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Danica Patrick signs with Dale Jr.’s team to race Nationwide in 2010

Everybody’s favorite Indy Car driver/model (no, not you Helio Castroneves) Danica Patrick has announced what was long rumored.  According to ESPN.com she will join JR Motorsports which is co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and powerhouse cup owner Rick Hendrick.  Patrick will race a part-time schedule in the Nationwide Series in 2010. It has been long rumored that Patrick had a desire to join a stock car circuit at some point and this is a perfect stepping stone to attempt to earn a full-time ride on the NASCAR Cup series in the future.

Here’s what June Bug had to say about Patrick a few weeks ago:

“She’s going to drive stock cars for somebody, someday,” Earnhardt recently said. “It’s just too much of a — look at all the Formula One guys over here checking [NASCAR] out — the writing is on the wall for her and several other guys. I think it’s exciting. She would be great for our sport. She wants to see what’s up.”

Should be interesting, but the learning curve here is huge. The jump in car physics alone from Indy cars to stock cars is massive, plus she will be competing against experienced NASCAR Cup veterans like Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch who race in the Nationwide series on a regular basis.

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  1. chefpf
    December 12, 2009 at 10:06 am

    She wasnt good in open-wheel, shes not gonna be any good in NASCAR unless the sport makes her good, which they can’t even seem to do with their most popular driver, and Danica’s new boss. Her only chance of winning is a fuel milage race, like her only win in Indy over in Japan.

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