Danica Patrick officially announced a few weeks ago that she will be racing in NASCAR full time next year. Full time in the nationwide series that is for JR Motorsports and 8-10 races for Stewart Haas racing with intentions of running full time in 2013.
But Patrick still has to finish out the 2011 IRLseason. Her season hasn't been what she wanted. She has just one top fives, but eight top tens. Yet she is stuck in 11thin points. She has yet to really contend for a race win this season too.
The three tracks left are three races that it isn'tout of the question she could win. She won her first and so far her only win at Twin Ring Motegiin 2008. But because of damage to the oval they will be racing on the road course. Patrick despite a road acing background is stronger on ovals. She will be a top ten car but winning will be harder without strategy.
Kentucky has been fair to her. And she seems to like the 1.5 mile tracks. Which is a great thing because right after Kentucky is the last race of the season: Las Vegas. She should have a shot at the win at bothof those tracks with the equipment that Andertti Autosportfields. She is the only car that hasn't won this season.
It would be quite something if Danica could leave the Indy racing league withanother career win. Possible? Indeed. But as late as it is in the year it is going to be hard to go against the Dario Francittisand Will Powers of the world. And with Ryan Briscoe, Tony Kanaan and Helio Catsroneves win lessdrivers with far better resumes then her it seems likely she will end her career with just one win.