NASCAR Cup Series
Patrick announcement to come Thursday
NASCAR Cup Series

Patrick announcement to come Thursday

Published Aug. 24, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

After weeks of speculation on her NASCAR future, Danica Patrick will be "putting the rumors to rest" with the "real story" on Thursday, according to

Patrick and CEO Bob Parsons will announce her plans as she ventures into NASCAR full time in 2012 in a noon (ET) event at headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. Sources told that Patrick will run the full season in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports in 2012 and a limited schedule in the Sprint Cup Series with cars fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing. Her Cup debut is expected to come in the 2012 Daytona 500, where she's had three Nationwide Series starts, led 14 laps and finished 10th in July.

The intent is for Patrick to move to Cup full-time in 2013.

Stewart-Haas co-team owner Tony Stewart wouldn’t comment on Patrick last week at Michigan Speedway, but reiterated his desire to expand Stewart-Haas Racing when the time is right.


"We've said that from day one," Stewart said. "We've never wavered from that, never said anything different from that. We're definitely open to a third team and want to be a four-car team eventually."

Patrick, 29, currently competes for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series and is 12th in the point standings. She's run a limited schedule for JRM this season with a career-best finish of fourth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.


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