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Report: Danica's family talking to NASCAR teams
ESPN.com ^ | 7/10/2006 | ESPN.com news services

Posted on 07/10/2006 11:15:28 AM PDT by Warren_Piece

JOLIET, Ill. -- Danica Patrick's father is exploring the possibility of the popular Indy Racing League driver moving to NASCAR as soon as next year, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.

Danica Patrick
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Danica Patrick's father says she could be leaving IRL for NASCAR as soon as next season.

The Sentinel reported that T.J. Patrick, who has managed Danica Patrick's career since childhood, was in exploratory talks with some NASCAR teams at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday.

"I'm trying to get her here [into NASCAR]," T.J. Patrick told the Sentinel.

T.J. and Bev Patrick, who formerly lived in Roscoe, Ill., attended NASCAR's USG Sheetrock 400 because "we've had some inquiries" from NASCAR teams, T.J. Patrick told the newspaper.

The Sentinel reported the couple was in the Nextel Cup garage area as guests of Roush Racing, which fields drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray and runs Fords on the Nextel Cup circuit.

Danica Patrick's contract with Rahal-Letterman Racing team ends after this season and the Patricks are negotiating with other IRL teams as well as NASCAR teams, the Sentinel reported. The newspaper said team co-owner Bobby Rahal declined comment through a spokesman.

Patrick, who became IRL's most recognizable driver by leading part of the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and finishing fourth, has yet to enjoy similar success in 2006, as Rahal-Letterman has endured a frustrating season.

Rahal-Letterman, which enjoyed a power advantage by running Honda engines in 2005, lost that advantage when the entire league shifted to Hondas for 2006. It was the last team to use a Panoz chassis and struggled to adjust when it finally switched to a Dallara, used by every other team in IRL, after the Indy 500. And the team lost one of its drivers when Paul Dana was killed during practice before the IRL's season-opening race in Homestead, Fla.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: danica; nascar
I predicted this last year. Just too darn much money in the Big leagues.
1 posted on 07/10/2006 11:15:30 AM PDT by Warren_Piece
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To: Warren_Piece

Well, she's got some driving skill, and more and more drivers are making the jump from open-wheel to NASCAR. If she and Juan Carlos Montoya both enter NASCAR in 2007-2008, it'll be interesting.

I wonder how she'll do physically compared to the male drivers. The G's are probably worse in the Indy cars, but those stockers are ovens in the summer. Ideally I'd like to see her run Craftsman Trucks for a while first.

}:-)4


2 posted on 07/10/2006 11:19:35 AM PDT by Moose4 (Dirka dirka Mohammed jihad.)
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To: Warren_Piece

First Juan Pablo Montoya and now Danica Patrick. Who will be the next to leave open wheels?


3 posted on 07/10/2006 11:20:16 AM PDT by pikachu (I do not see the glass as half full or half empty but as the Jack Daniels is gone and the ice melted)
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To: Warren_Piece

I'm just here for the underwear pictures. Be back in a while... :)


4 posted on 07/10/2006 11:22:39 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: MarineBrat

5 posted on 07/10/2006 11:24:57 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Warren_Piece

NASCAR = bigger cars = slower cars = bigger decals = more sponsers.


6 posted on 07/10/2006 11:25:23 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: pikachu

Juan Pablo Montoya is racing Formula One. He didn't leave open wheel racing, he just drives a better car now.


7 posted on 07/10/2006 11:27:28 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Warren_Piece

she's too pretty to drive stock car


8 posted on 07/10/2006 11:32:41 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (No.... wire .... hangers!)
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To: Dixie Yooper

Montoya is going to the #42 Texaco ride next year, full season.


9 posted on 07/10/2006 11:33:09 AM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Warren_Piece

she should never wear those sunglasses again.. :\


10 posted on 07/10/2006 11:33:54 AM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Warren_Piece

Great!! Now she can get 9th in nascar


11 posted on 07/10/2006 11:33:57 AM PDT by skaterboy
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To: Dixie Yooper

also = more exciting.


12 posted on 07/10/2006 11:34:50 AM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Dixie Yooper

Juan Pablo Montoya leaving Formula 1 for NASCAR

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/07/10/juan-pablo-montoya-leaving-formula-1-for-nascar/


13 posted on 07/10/2006 11:34:52 AM PDT by The Chief
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To: GaltMeister

I hadn't heard that, I thought we was staying with Williams BMW.


14 posted on 07/10/2006 11:35:02 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: InvisibleChurch
she's too pretty to drive stock car

I think people say that about Jeff, but he won yesterday.... heh heh

15 posted on 07/10/2006 11:37:11 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

It's all about the money.
And now she's moved her moneymaker over to NASCAR.


16 posted on 07/10/2006 11:37:33 AM PDT by VOA
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To: skaterboy
Great!! Now she can get 9th in nascar

You nailed it!

17 posted on 07/10/2006 11:39:03 AM PDT by Dont Mention the War (This tagline is false.)
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To: Warren_Piece

I guess the weight advantage would be far less important in Nascar, assuming she really is gaining an advantage in IRL due to her weight.


18 posted on 07/10/2006 11:40:03 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Echo Talon
Bogety bogety bogety!
19 posted on 07/10/2006 11:42:52 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: CheneyChick
she's too pretty to drive stock car

I think people say that about Jeff, but he won yesterday.... heh heh

Beat me to it. Darn.
20 posted on 07/10/2006 11:44:10 AM PDT by vollmond (Careful with that axe, Eugene!)
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To: NittanyLion
The weight advantage never helped AJ Foyt, but he never complained about winning 4 Indy 500's either.
21 posted on 07/10/2006 11:44:36 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: vollmond

LOL. Just think about the potential sponsors.... a pink Mary Kay car?


22 posted on 07/10/2006 11:49:00 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: skaterboy
Great!! Now she can get 9th in nascar

It's all in the focus. Not camera focus, unfortunately for her...


23 posted on 07/10/2006 11:51:00 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

"Baby you can drive my car..."


24 posted on 07/10/2006 11:51:38 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.- Aeschylus)
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To: Dead Corpse

25 posted on 07/10/2006 11:54:05 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Dixie Yooper
Montoyas move was just announced yesterday:

http://www.nascar.com/2006/news/headlines/cup/07/09/jmontoya.cmears.42.team/index.html

26 posted on 07/10/2006 11:55:27 AM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Ok... from song lyrics to a movie quote:

"I'd buy that for a dollar!"

A stale bagel to the first person who names the movie.

27 posted on 07/10/2006 11:56:08 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.- Aeschylus)
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To: CheneyChick
I think people say that about Jeff, but he won yesterday.... heh heh

touche'

28 posted on 07/10/2006 12:00:21 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (No.... wire .... hangers!)
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To: Dixie Yooper

JPM just signed with Ganassi to race NASCAR.


29 posted on 07/10/2006 12:09:31 PM PDT by pikachu (I do not see the glass as half full or half empty but as the Jack Daniels is gone and the ice melted)
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To: CheneyChick
Just think about the potential sponsors.... a pink Mary Kay car?

Lol. Other potential sponsors:


30 posted on 07/10/2006 12:14:26 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: Dead Corpse

Robo-Cop.


31 posted on 07/10/2006 12:28:35 PM PDT by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: Ragtop

One stale blueberry bagel coming up...


32 posted on 07/10/2006 12:40:38 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.- Aeschylus)
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To: MotleyGirl70

That's right. Think of all the female NASCAR fans out there - a huge untapped market. If Viagra could have a car, so could Tampax, Midol and maybe even Prozac. Oh boy......


33 posted on 07/10/2006 1:33:33 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Dead Corpse

Thanks! But don't ask me the name of the game show that the host says that. It's been years since I have seen the movie.


34 posted on 07/10/2006 2:09:08 PM PDT by Ragtop (We are the people our parents warned us about)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Why does she have a bar code on her lower back?


35 posted on 07/10/2006 2:12:02 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: NittanyLion

After a couple races in NASCAR,she will weigh about 80 pounds and can model kids clothes!


36 posted on 07/10/2006 4:09:27 PM PDT by xarmydog
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After a couple races in NASCAR,she will weigh about 80 pounds and can model kids clothes!

After? She has the body of a twelve year old now. But then, that's what pop culture has taught us we should admire.

37 posted on 07/10/2006 5:13:22 PM PDT by somemoreequalthanothers (All for the betterment of "the state", comrade)
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To: Xenalyte
Why does she have a bar code on her lower back?

Easy checkout?

38 posted on 07/11/2006 4:23:38 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: CheneyChick
Sure, I can see the Viagra and Ortho-Novum cars dueling to the finish of the Vagisil 400.


39 posted on 07/11/2006 5:07:43 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Yes, see how the word "fast" would help the image?

This is scary.


40 posted on 07/11/2006 5:17:06 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Xenalyte

I have a friend who refers to the "bar code" as a "lower back tramp stamp".


41 posted on 07/11/2006 5:19:18 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: CheneyChick
Yep, "fast" is certainly a natural product tie-in there.

(Also, I don't know how I left the Butt Paste car out of my scenario.)


42 posted on 07/11/2006 5:24:00 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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