Danica Patrick left Stewart-Haas Racing last year with a plan — race twice in 2018, once at the Daytona 500 and once at the Indianapolis 500.
Now, that plan has suffered a serious blow.
Chip Ganassi Racing has confirmed that it’s no longer talking to Patrick about a spot at Indy.
Steve Lauletta, president of Chip Ganassi Racing, made the comments on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s “Dialed In’’ show.
“We’re not talking any longer,’’ Steve Lauletta, president of Chip Ganassi Racing, told the “Dialed In” show on Sirius XM. “I think it would have made sense, and we did have conversations if she wanted to run in both races, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, and ultimately we couldn’t come to a solution that worked for both of us,” he said in remarks posted by NASCAR on NBC.
Patrick recently told the Morning Drive on SiriusXM that finding rides for the two races is proving to be more complicated than she anticipated.
“It’s taking longer than I’d like it to take, I’ll be really honest with you,” Patrick said in the video above. “I thought it was going to be a quicker process. You can’t rush things. I’m a big believer, more and more all the time of letting things flow and letting things take shape in the way that they would. That’s kind of why I ended where I ended with finishing up (my) full-time career last year and doing the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 for this year.
“I didn’t push anything and I let things flow and it turned out to be just perfect. Honestly, I’m excited and just so grateful.”
Lauletta echoed that, and thinks that Patrick will find a ride.
“Ultimately I think she will,” he said on the radio broadcast. “She has been fairly successful in some of the races that she’s run at that place. She knows her way around. There are teams that run just the Indianapolis 500 because of the size of the event itself and the history of it. I think that they’ll be able to put something together and certainly wish them luck. I think it would be great for the sport of IndyCar racing to have her come back and run the Indianapolis 500 from an exposure standpoint and people wanting to tune in, and hopefully it will be to see (Ganassi drivers) Scott Dixon or Ed Jones win it while she’s running around behind us.’’
Patrick left Stewart-Haas Racing and hopes to end her racing career racing in those two marquee events.
“Everything I do outside of racing is because of racing,” she said in her interview. “I’m well aware of that and I’m so fortunate that I get to go into these other ventures and have a platform to do it. But I am excited about them. I’m so glad with the way it all ended up working out.
“Similarly with the teams I’m going to race for, or the team, in NASCAR and in IndyCar. I’m pushing politely but you can’t make things happen before they’re ready to happen. I kind of thought it would get more simple. There’s less people involved, less sponsors, less things. Well, it’s still complicated. It’s just taking a little bit of time. Hopefully we’ll have something to announce soon enough.”
That’s what all of her fans are hoping for.