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Sources: Danica making NASCAR switch

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Get ready, NASCAR. Danica might be driving full time in 2012.
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Danica Patrick and sponsor GoDaddy.com will announce their plans for 2012 next week in Phoenix, sources told FOXSports.com

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A press conference is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. PT.

According to sources, Patrick, 29, will run the full season in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports in 2012. A limited schedule in the Sprint Cup Series with cars fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing, with the intent of moving full time to Cup in 2013, is in the works.

When Stewart-Haas team co-owner Tony Stewart was asked about Patrick at a charity event at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday, he replied, "I don’t have an IndyCar team, and I don’t have a Nationwide team so . . ."

Whether Patrick could make a one-race crossover to drive in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 remains to be seen. NASCAR plans to run the Nationwide Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26. The Sprint Cup race at Charlotte and the Indy 500 will be the following day.

Patrick currently competes for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series and is 12th in the points standings. She has run a limited Nationwide schedule for JRM this season, with a career-best finish of fourth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

Patrick began racing in the IndyCar Series in 2005. She has one win, which came in 2008, 20 top-five and 61 top-10 finishes in 111 series starts. Patrick has a career-best finish of fifth in the standings, which came in 2009.

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