Danica Patrick's proposed switch to NASCAR has moved a step closer after Andretti Autosport announced she will leave the team at the end of the season.

A media announcement from sponsor GoDaddy.com later today [Thursday] is set to confirm a switch to the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 2012 ahead of a switch to the Sprint Cup further down the line.

Patrick has competed in a number of Nationwide Series events alongside her IndyCar commitments this season.

Since joining Andretti Autosport, then known as Andretti Green Racing, back in 2007, Patrick has taken one victory and 16 top five finishes.

"While I'm excited for what lies ahead in the coming year and beyond, I also have to thank Andretti Autosport for the opportunities they've given me over the past several seasons," he said. "I've grown a lot as a driver with Andretti Autosport and I'm thankful I was able to be a part of the organisation.

"It's great to be competitive each week and I was in large part because of my crew and engineers and their dedication to success. I earned my first major auto racing victory with the Team in Japan in 2008 and that wouldn't have been possible without the Team's hard work and support."


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