Danica Patrick Confirms Move to NASCAR

Danica Patrick is setting her sights on another challenge as the 29-year-old auto racing star confirmed her move from the IndyCar Series to the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Patrick, the only female driver to win an IndyCar race, announced her decision on Thursday. “We can finally put the rumors to rest — I am going full-time NASCAR with Go Daddy next year,” the 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year said. “I am going to race a full Nationwide schedule and a limited Sprint Cup schedule in my GoDaddy.com Chevrolet next season. The time is now. The opportunity is now.”

Patrick, who won an IndyCar race in Motegi in 2008, will first compete in the second-tier circuit with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports. “Her work ethic is probably the best of anyone in the sport,” Earnhardt Jr. said. The auto racing crowd drawer will be driving in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Patrick thanked GoDaddy for supporting her move to NASCAR. “I want to do it now, and I’m lucky enough to have a sponsor that will stand behind me and allow me to go.”