Danica To Race At 12 N’wide Events

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick will compete in 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series races with the possibility of a 13th in her debut season with JR Motorsports, the team announced Thursday. The only event undetermined on Patrick’s schedule is the Feb. 13 season opener at Daytona. In a statement, JR Motorsports said the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet is entered in the event, but its driver will not be determined until after Patrick’s race in the ARCA event on Feb. 6. That would leave Patrick’s season, as anticipated, beginning with the Feb. 20 race at California’s Auto Club Speedway and the Feb. 27 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Following Vegas, Patrick will take a four-month break to focus on the IndyCar Series. She will return to drive the No. 7 in the Nationwide Series June 26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I’m thrilled to announce our 2010 Nationwide Series schedule,” Patrick said in a statement. “Like I’ve said before, we just want to be smart and calculative about this process. The tracks we’ve selected not only complement the IndyCar schedule, but will give me quality seat time at a variety of facilities.”