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Danica Patrick Finalizes Daytona 500 Plans

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Danica Patrick‘s plans for her final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start have been finalized, as she will drive for the No. 7 Chevrolet in the Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports.

“I’ll be back in GoDaddy green, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet with Tony Jr. in my ear again,” Patrick said. “It all makes my last NASCAR race just that much sweeter.” 

Patrick will have Tony Eury Jr. calling the shots, which brings familiar territory. She worked with him at JR Motorsports from 2010 to 2012 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, scoring a career-best fourth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011. 

“It wouldn’t be just any opportunity that could coax me back to the pit box,” Eury said. “Working with Danica and GoDaddy again at Daytona is going to be fun — when you can do what you love and be in your element … well, I can tell you, it doesn’t get any better.

“Danica and I have shared success before in Daytona, and she has a lot more experience under her belt now, so I look forward to seeing what we can achieve during Speedweeks.”

Patrick announced in November at Homestead-Miami Speedway that the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will be her last full-time campaign. She added at the time that she would complete her career with two more events – the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. 

The 35-year-old began her career in open-wheel, completing seven full seasons with a best points-standings finish of fifth in 2009. She then began to dabble in NASCAR in 2010, before running the full NASCAR XFINITY Series campaign in 2012. Since then, she has spent the last five seasons competing in the Cup Series, with a career-best sixth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2014.

Rumblings began to circulate regarding Patrick’s future when it was confirmed various sponsors would not return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018.

Premium Motorsports will receive technical support from Richard Childress Racing, while using an ECR engine. They will have a charter to use for the event, guaranteeing Patrick in the field.

Her Daytona 500 effort will be sponsored by Go Daddy, as previously announced; Go Daddy will also sponsor her final racing event ever, the Indianapolis 500 in May. She has yet to announce which team she will drive for, though. 

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.