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Patrick to depart Andretti Autosport

Danica Patrick to leave Andretti Autosport, with NASCAR switch set to be confirmed shortly
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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Danica Patrick in pit lane at Texas Motor Speedway - June 2011 [Picture credit: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media]
The cars of Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti sit in the Esses of Turns 4 and 5 after contact during the start of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti looks over his machine prior to practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The #28 Andretti Autosport team celebrates victory (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth and Marco Andretti cross the start/finish line during practice at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Michael Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay before kissing the bricks (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Michael Andretti (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti in action (Photo by: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti in the car (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti crosses the starting line (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti gears up. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti up to speed.  (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe climbs into the #27 Andretti Autosport car for practice on Friday. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe back in the #27 Andretti Autosport car for practice on Friday. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti prepares for test laps (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay poses with the #28 Andretti Autosport team after winning the 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti is presented with the trophy for second place after the 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay is congratulated by an Andretti Autosport team mmember after winning the 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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Alex Sumner - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 6:16 PM

An average driver...who Danica? come on now. 181 races so far with 1 win and 4 poles over 12 years of racing does not make an average drive. That would be BELOW average. Is is an atractive women who has posed in sexy photo shoots and this is the reason for the cash that has come here way and is why she has had these golden spoons handed to her. I am no fan.



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