Danica Patrick joined The Morning Drive on SiriusXM this morning and opened up about her desire to race in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 this year. The bottom line — she said it’s taking longer than excepted, is more complicated than expected, but she’s still hopeful.
“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.”
Patrick left Stewart-Haas Racing and hopes to end her racing career racing in those two marquee events. While she’s been connected to Chip Ganassi Racing’s Indy 500 team, those talks fell through, and she’s still looking for rides.
“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.