Danica Patrick admits things are taking longer than she’d like to nail down plans for the Daytona 500 on February 18.
In November, Patrick announced she would not compete full-time in NASCAR going forward, but that she wanted to end her career by running in the 60th annual Daytona 500 and 2018 Indy 500. She has not yet announced who she will drive for, and in an interview with The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, the former Stewart-Haas Racing driver expressed hope that things will come together soon for her to be behind the wheel.
“I thought it was going to be a quicker process, but you can’t rush things,” Patrick said. “I’m a big believer more and more all the time of letting things flow and just letting things take shape in the way that they would. And 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 the Indy 500 for this year. I didn’t push anything, I just let things flow and it’s turned out to be just perfect.”
Patrick’s radio appearance was mostly centered around the release of her book, “Pretty Intense,” in which she offers nutrition and exercise tips for a healthier lifestyle. She has also kept busy over the last year with a clothing line and vineyard.
“Honestly, I’m just excited and so grateful. Everything I do outside of racing is because of racing,” she said. “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 for the way it all ended up working out, and so similarly with the teams I’m going to race for, or team, in NASCAR and in IndyCar, I’m pushing politely but you can’t make things happen before they are ready to happen.
“I just kind of thought it would get more simple; there’s less people involved, less sponsors, less things. Well, it’s still complicated. So, it’s just taking a little bit of time, but we’ll hopefully have something to announce soon enough.”
Patrick finished 28th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings in 2017 and has seven career top-10 finishes. In 2013, Patrick became the first women to win a Cup Series pole award when she took the top spot for the Daytona 500.