Danica/RCR Nationwide Deal in 2013?

Danica Patrick

(WOMR file photo)

Even though the green and black GoDaddy Danica Patrick memorabilia will be plentiful at Miami-Homestead, fewer of the #7 numbered merchandise will be in stock.  It seems like her orange #7 merchandise is dwindling, much like her tenure with JR Motorsports.

Even though both camps are pleased with what they’ve done together, and even though Patrick hopes to race around 10 Nationwide events next season, the season-ending Nationwide Series race here Saturday could mark the official end of Patrick’s tenure with her present employer, JR Motorsports. While JR Motorsports has shepherded her to the precipice of the Sprint Cup career, she will begin full-time with Stewart-Haas Racing next season in the #10 Chevy, ultimately, differing business needs could split them. And if they do, Richard Childress Racing might be her next Nationwide destination.

Team vice president of competition at RCR, Mike Dillon, said the team has discussed with Patrick’s representatives the possibility of fielding a program for her, either in conjunction with Dillon’s youngest racing son, Ty Dillon, a partial schedule in the RCR #33 Chevy, or in another car utilizing a research and development team as her crew. “We would love to run Danica,” he said. “We think we could do a lot with her. It looks like it would be eight to 10 races. We’re talking back and forth about it. If we had the opportunity to do it and do it right, put her in a winning situation, we want to do it.”

JR Motorsports wants to do it, too, but has to concentrate first on what it hopes is a two-car, full-time effort in Nationwide next season. Regan Smith is set in the #5 Chevy. Cole Whitt is moving to a #7, however, JRM still has to help secure major funding. A third part-time race team, the JRM #88 will be used for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s partial schedule.  There may be a scheduling conflict between Dale Jr. and Patrick.  It appears that they would want to drive in some of the same races, and that just won’t work.(ESPN)

It appears that there are at least two organizations that might be vying for a little of that GoDaddy.com money that seems to accompany this, average at best, race car driver!  It appears that like politics, money talks and BS walks in NASCAR!


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