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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]
Matt Brabham tests with Andretti Autosport at Iowa Speedway
Matt Brabham tests with Andretti Autosport at Iowa Speedway
Matt Brabham tests with Andretti Autosport at Iowa Speedway
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The podium of Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan, and Marco Andretti hoist their trophies on Victory Lane following the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, June 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan, and Marco Andretti hoist their trophies on Victory Lane following the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, June 27 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti on pit lane after qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The podium winners of Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti, and Simon Pagenaud accept their trophies in the Belle Isle Media Center after the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti, and Simon Pagenaud with their trophies following Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park after the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Team Owner Michael Andretti is flanked by winner Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti following Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park after the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti, and Simon Pagenaud accept their trophies following Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park after the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park - Saturday May 30 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda in pit lane on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda on track on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti and Sage Karam at IMS (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for practice on Wednesday May 13 2015. (Photo by: Mike Harding for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti in pit lane (Photo by: Joe Skibinski 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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