NASCAR »

Stewart: Danica is serious about NASCAR

Tony Stewart says Danica Patrick is serious about NASCAR racing, but don't expect to see her in the Sprint Cup Series any time soon.

Patrick, who is in the final year of her contract with Andretti Green Racing in the IndyCar Series, visited Stewart-Haas Racing on Monday. Stewart says she's using him as a sounding board as she analyses possible career moves.

"We're just trying to help her," Stewart said Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "She's really come to us for a lot of advice about what to do. I think a lot of that is because she understands I went through the same transition that she went through, and we've known each other through different personal service deals that we've both had and some shows that we've done together where we had time to sit and talk.

"We just seemed to get along really well. I know she's talked to a lot of teams in NASCAR right now, and she's just trying to figure out what it is she wants to do, how she wants to go about it.

“I'm glad I can be there to have somebody for her to bounce ideas off of. I'd love to see her come. I think it would be awesome for our sport if she would come over here and come out here and be successful."

Stewart was firm in his belief that Patrick wants to try her hand at NASCAR racing and isn't using her interest in the sport as leverage to get a better deal in IndyCars.

"I know that she's serious about it," Stewart continued. "I know that that's what she wants to do. She looked me straight in the eye and said, 'Hey, this is what I want to do. It looks like fun - it looks like a lot of work, but it looks like fun.' I don't think she has some misguided idea that it's going to be easy doing it. She wants to do it the right way."

Stewart said the Nationwide Series would be the logical place to test the waters in stock car racing. Stewart-Haas does not have a Nationwide programme and will not add a third Cup team for 2010, Stewart said.

"She wants to know how to make the transition, I think, more than anything," Stewart added. "She's trying to put together her IRL deal and trying to figure out how to transition that into NASCAR.

“I think she's trying to do it the right way. She's not just cutting the cord and then all of a sudden jumping into a car that she's unfamiliar with."


by Reid Spencer / Sporting News



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Tony Stewart - Stewart Haas Racing   [pic credit: NASCAR/Getty]
Indy Racing League.  July 31-Aug. !, 2009. Kentucky Speedway. Sparta, Ky. USA. Danica Patrick.
Indy Racing League.  July 31-Aug. !, 2009. Kentucky Speedway. Sparta, Ky. USA. Danica Patrick.
Indy Racing League. 26-27 June, 2009. Sun Trust Indy Challenge. Richmond International Speedway. Richmond, Virginia. Danica Patrick.
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.CPL Steven R. Koch, US Army, is honored on the car as part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance program. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS, races in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown Friday, May 15, 2015 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.  Patrick won the Sprint Fan Vote, earning a spot in the Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS, races in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown Friday, May 15, 2015 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.  Patrick won the Sprint Fan Vote, earning a spot in the Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS, wins the Sprint Fan Vote Friday, May 15, 2015, earning a spot in the Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS, wins the Sprint Fan Vote Friday, May 15, 2015, earning a spot in the Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
(L-R) Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevrolet, Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 Cherry 5-Hour Energy/Special Operations Warrior Foundation Toyota, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Ortho Ford, talk on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 15, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
First Round winner Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Ortho Ford, Sprint Fan Vote winner Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevrolet, and Second Round winner Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 Cherry 5-Hour Energy/Special Operations Warrior Foundation Toyota, pose in Victory lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 15, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Photo by Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates with champagne and crew chief Tony Gibson in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, finishes in sixth place and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 3M Chevrolet SS, finishes in third place Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing) and David Ragan (Joe Gibbs Racing) spin out during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 TaxAct Chevrolet SS, finishes in 7th place Sunday, March 29, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
A view of a decal placed on the #14 Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, driven by Tony Stewart (not pictured), during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 FVP/Menards Chevrolet SS finishes in fourth place and Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS finishes in fourteenth place Sunday, March 22, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Comcast Business Toyota, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.