Sources: Plans have Danica in Daytona to start

A potential 2010 hybrid stock car/open-wheel schedule for Danica Patrick is becoming clearer.

Although sources insist Patrick’s primary concentration will remain on driving the No. 7 Honda for Michael Andretti’s IndyCar Series team, she could be preparing for an ARCA/Nationwide Series debut during Daytona Speedweeks 2010, which would serve as a springboard to a likely switch to NASCAR in the future.

On Saturday, two-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart said Patrick was “serious” about making the switch from open-wheel to stock car competition.

“I know that that’s what she wants to do,” Stewart said. “She looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘Hey, this is what I want to do. It looks like fun — it looks like a lot of work, but it looks like fun.’

“I don’t think she has some misguided idea that it’s going to be easy doing it. She wants to do it the right way. She has the intentions to do everything right.”

On top of a full IndyCar Series season and the two proposed events at Daytona, Patrick’s schedule would also include one or two midseason stock car races and a full-immersion program of Nationwide and possibly Camping World Truck Series races following the October 2 IndyCar Series season finale.

The IndyCar season begins March 14 in Brazil.