Danica Patrick has worked hard over the past week to keep the media focus on the first half of her “Danica Double” – Sunday’s Daytona 500 with the No.7 Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports, in what is scheduled to be her final NASCAR race. But an apparently inadvertent slip of the tongue at Wednesday’s Media Day at Daytona turned attention back on her upcoming Indianapolis 500 return.
When asked about when she will start going into Indy 500 mode, she said: “I didn’t have time to meet up with Ed and the people …” After a brief pause, she added, “I have never done that in my career.”
Patrick’s Indy program, which like her Daytona run is to be sponsored by GoDaddy and is scheduled to be her final race before retirement, has been widely speculated to be aligned with Ed Carpenter Racing, although this is the closest thing to a confirmation to have been made by driver or team.
Earlier this week, Patrick told IndyCar.com that while her Indy deal had been finalized, she intended to confirm its details after Daytona: “We’ll do something a little more substantial for the announcement and the unveil.”
Meanwhile, Patrick also revealed that Green Pay Packers NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be at Daytona Sunday to support her NASCAR sendoff.
“He’s going to be here to support me and he’s excited,” Patrick, who acknowledged last month that she and the NFL star were dating, told the Associated Press. “I’m excited to show him what I do.”