Is Danica destined to be in Nascar in 2010?

DanicaPatrickHeadshot-7086 Will she or won’t she?  That is the burning question surrounding IndyCar driver Danica Patrick and whether she will jump to Nascar next season.

Patrick, who knows she’s a hot marketing commodity, is playing it very coy and why not!  She has everything to gain either way she goes, at least in making money.

Stay in IndyCar either with her current Andretti-Green Racing team or another and grab even more commercial endorsements and establish herself as the big star of the series.

Go to Nascar, and immediately be the focus of the media and fans alike possibly even eclipsing the coverage of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  (Oh, and Nascar has more fans and actual people that watch their races on TV!)

So what do I think will happen? I’ve got to believe Danica knows she has only so big a window to cash in on her celebrity. (I refuse to use driving talents because that has yet to be proven to my satisfaction.) She can be set for life by jumping to Nascar and raking in gazillions in commercial endorsements, merchandise, and more.

Yes if Danica stayed in the IRL she would have a better than average chance of becoming the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 just because of the quality of competition, but that isn’t guaranteed.  Mario Andretti could be the greatest all around driver ever and he won Indy only once in his stellar career.

Go to Nascar, and even if she fails (which I believe she will) Danica comes out with enough money to do whatever she wants the remainder of her life, even move into team ownership.

DanicaPatrickFull-3156 While at Daytona over the 4th, I talked with several of my friends in the garage area and the buzz was that Danica would come to Nascar next year and be in the #1 car for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. To me, that makes a ton of sense.

Chip Ganassi knows how much sponsorship Danica would bring to the table and let’s be honest, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing needs all the influx of money it can get right now to stay in business.

Will this happen?  I’d say it’s 60-40 that Danica will be racing in Sprint Cup next season, but here’s the problem.  She wouldn’t be allowed to race in the Daytona 500.

Why?  Because Nascar has to approve a driver.  Even Indy 500 and F-1 race winner Juan Pablo Montoya had to run in ARCA and some Nationwide races to be approved.  Would Danica swallow her “Cup only” mantra and do what is needed to be in Nascar’s biggest race of the year and do a few of those events before season’s end? Only time will tell.

One thing is certain, either way that Danica Patrick goes, she’ll come out a winner financially.  The real question though is will she come out a winner on the race track and isn’t that what racing is really all about?


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  1. Everything’s commercial now anyhow. If I was in her position, I’d go with NASCAR. If it doesn’t work out (& don’t think it will either) I think she would be welcomed back. If for no other reason, for the publicity.

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