Danica Patrick Drive Full Time


The deal is almost complete which allows Danica Patrick to drive full time in the Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports and the limited Sprint Cup Series with Tony Stewart's Stewart-Haas team, the Associated Press.

That will continue to lead the Indianapolis 500 as well.

All that remains now is to Patrick, and ranked the third highest paid athlete of women by Forbes magazine, is to start winning.

His third place in the Indy 500 in 2009 is the highest for a woman in the race. It is a victory and IndyCar win in 19 Nationwide races.

Patrick raced in 19 Nationwide races for JR Motorsports the last two seasons and owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he is pleased with his performance.

"I would like to run full time, and I'm sure you are considering, and I think it would be fun," Earnhardt said at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I am convinced that is where you are and happy with what we do. I think things look good for us to put something together."

Driving Indy 500 would complicate things, as the drivers spend most of May and the National Indy there are three races that month.

"And 'curve tremendously," said Earnhardt. "We had the opportunity to make a number of drivers in the car, and its performance has been quite the same level of all drivers. We started to fight, and had a strong, strong growth going, and he has really done a long way. I'm excited about what the possibilities are with him for the future. "