Patrick thought finding Daytona, Indy rides would take less time

Danica Patrick admits it is taking longer than she expected to find her career swansong drives at the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.

Patrick thought finding Daytona, Indy rides would take less time
Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Danica Patrick, Andretti Autosport
Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Sam Schmidt and Danica Patrick, Andretti Autosport

Patrick announced her retirement from full-time racing at NASCAR’s Homestead finale in November and then outlined plans for her final two races in 2018. 

Chip Ganassi had spoken personally with Patrick shortly after her announcement but said a deal would have to make commercial sense for his team. 

It is understood that leading NASCAR Cup teams have ruled out Patrick, leaving her with limited options for Daytona.

“It's taking longer than I would like it to take, I'll be really honest with you,” Patrick told the radio station SiriusXM on its NASCAR show. “I thought it was going to be a quicker process, but you can't rush things.”

Patrick added that she’s continuing to push NASCAR and IndyCar teams about a potential deal, but says she’s willing to be patient.

“I'm a big believer, more and more, of just letting things flow and letting things take shape, and that's why I ended up finishing my career full-time last year,” she said.

“Doing the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 for this year, I didn't push things, let things flow and it's turned out perfectly. With the teams that I'm going to race for – or team – in NASCAR and IndyCar, I'm pushing politely, but you can't make these things happen.”

IndyCar teams Penske and Andretti ruled out running extra cars for Patrick at the Indy 500 not long after she confirmed her retirement. 

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports also said it was unlikely – although its program to run Tristan Gommendy fell through late last year.

 

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