Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has said that she is a little frustrated that it has taken a little longer than she expected for the her to sort out drives for the 2018 Daytona 500 and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.
Patrick announced late last year that she will retire from full-time motorsport however she confirmed that she will race in both next months Daytona 500 and May’s Indianapolis 500.
Patrick told Sirius XM’s NASCAR talk show that the process has taken slightly longer than expected but that you can’t push the process and that she will be patient as it takes time. Patrick is continuing to push for drives for Daytona and Indianapolis.
Patrick has spoken with Chip Ganassi over a potential deal, however Ganassi confirmed that in order for a deal to be done it would have to make commercial sense for everyone involved.
Andretti Autosport have also confirmed that they don’t have space for Patrick with Stefan Wilson joining Ryan Hunter Reay, Zach Veach, Marco Andretti, Alexander Rossi and Carlos Munoz who will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series after being dropped by AJ Foyt Racing at the end of last season.
Penske have also said they will be able to run Patrick with the team running four cars at the Indianapolis 500 with Helio Castroneves returning to the Indianapolis 500 having made the full-time switch to the IMSA Series in a Penske Acura.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports could potentially be an option with the team having cut ties with Tristan Gommendie who had been set to join James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens at the team for the Indianapolis 500.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team that gave Patrick her Verizon IndyCar Series debut in 2005 have also confirmed that they won’t be in a position to run her for the Indy 500.