Danica Patrick was already a popular celebrity prior to joining NASCAR, having appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue and for her sponsor in television commercials during the Super Bowl among other things. The former IndyCar star announced that she would give up the open wheels for stockcars starting with a part-time schedule in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series in 2010. Her transition became complete last season when she raced the entire Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports. She finished with one pole, four top ten finishes and was tenth in the final championship standings.
This season will be yet another transition for Patrick. In 2013, Patrick is scheduled to compete fulltime in NASCAR’s top Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing. After an off season that included divorcing her husband of seven years, and questions surrounding her future TV commercials during the Super Bowl, along with rumors of her again competing in the Nationwide Series, Patrick is ready to focus her attention on her new Sprint Cup ride. Last week she was part of NASCAR’s preseason Thunder Sprint Cup test session at Daytona International Speedway. MORE>>>