Danica Patrick Makes NASCAR Racing Debut in GoDaddy #7 Chevy
Danica Patrick, the Indy Racing League's most talked about driver will be making her official NASCAR racing debut in just a few weeks driving the #7 Chevy as a driver for Dale Earnhardt Junior's JR Motorsports Nationwide team (aka JRM) sponsored by GoDaddy. Danica is expecting to run 13 Nationwide races for JRM, in addition to a full-time schedule with Andretti Autosport in the Izod IndyCar Series.
Danica's first public foray into stock-car racing -- a three-day ARCA racing test at Daytona International Speedway in December -- was dampened by poor weather and she only managed to take a handful of laps before the track was closed early.
Danica's first official NASCAR race is scheduled to take place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, on Saturday February 20th.
"This event is an uncommon opportunity to see a world-class female athlete compete on the same national professional stage as her male counterparts with what we understand is a good chance to win," says Gillian Zucker, President of Auto Club Speedway. "This is perhaps the only sport where such a thing is possible."
Danica will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet for JRM, with Tony Eury Jr. serving as her crew chief and GoDaddy.com sponsoring her team's efforts. As part of her duties as official spokesperson for her sponsor, Danica will depict Marilyn Monroe and other iconic movie stars in a series of celebrity-themed GoDaddy.com Super Bowl commercials on February 7.
Celebrate the West Coast Premiere of the 2010 NASCAR season in style with a special package at the Auto Club Speedway that includes general admission on Saturday, February 20, to the NNS Stater Brothers 300 race and qualifying; reserved grandstand seating to the Sunday, February 21, NSCS Auto Club 500 Race; weekend pre-pit pass, and parking pass. Separate Amp Energy Party Zone hospitality passes include food and beverages, live entertainment and closed-circuit television viewing, commemorative gift and pit pass, and an exclusive appearance by Richard Petty.
"I'm a competitive driver, and I always want to do well, and this will be absolutely no different," Patrick said of her venture into this new racing style. "In fact, there's no reason to think it'll be any less (pressure). There's going to be a lot of people watching, and there's been speculation for a long time about it.
"I will approach this just like I do every other race that I go to, and I'll give it my all."
Catch Danica's debut amid the racing action at the Auto Club Speedway February 19th - 21st! For tickets call (800) 944-RACE or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.
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