While IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick talked only about her non-NASCAR plans Monday morning, a photo on her website might have said more about her possible NASCAR plans than she did.
Patrick announced Monday she had signed a three-year deal to drive for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series with GoDaddy.com as her sponsor.
But a picture of her as danicaracing.com loaded showed Patrick in a GoDaddy.com uniform with a Chevrolet emblem and what appeared to be a JR Motorsports logo and the Nationwide Series logo. The photo was later changed to her IndyCar Series uniform. The picture was small and appeared on the screen for only a few seconds.
A representative of IMG, which represents Patrick, declined comment, and a JRM spokesman did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
JR Motorsports co-owners Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick have confirmed interest in Patrick for what would be a part-time NASCAR schedule in 2010. Team co-owner Rick Hendrick said last week he had nothing new to report on Patrick.
Earnhardt has said he would like to run two cars in the Nationwide Series next year, one for Kelly Bires and another for a mix of several drivers, including Patrick. Sponsorship would determine whether both cars run the full season.
Earnhardt was sponsored by GoDaddy.com at the Nationwide level this year, but that sponsorship will move primarily to Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Mark Martin on the Sprint Cup side in 2010.