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Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by AntmanB on Mon May 28, 2012 1:42 am

Danica would like to run Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 together next year: Danica Patrick wants to compete in her eighth Indianapolis 500. Her Sprint Cup team owner, Tony Stewart, said before the season he hoped Patrick would be ready to ascend from the Nationwide Series to Sprint Cup full time in 2013. With Patrick unlikely to skip a Cup race as a full-time driver, especially NASCAR's Coca-Cola-sponsored Memorial Day event and especially after recently joining the brand's line of endorsers, there is now the highly intriguing possibility of one of sports' most recognizable figures resurrecting the fabled but fallow Indianapolis-Concord "double." Charlotte Motor Speedway president Marcus Smith wants to do his part, as do many in motorsports. "That's a big deal," he said of Patrick's aspirations. "She's a competitor. She's hungry and she wants to race. I think that's another piece of the story here, just for her to say that is a big deal. I don't think she'd say it if she didn't mean it. Man, if she wanted to do that I definitely would love to help any way we could. We would spring for the helicopter ride to get her from the airplane to the speedway." Stewart said he would support Patrick if she wanted to attempt both races. "Absolutely. She's more than welcome to do it," he said. "I'm sure it would be big." Patrick's agent, Mark Dyer, said he is "developing plans" for a possible double bid, "whether it happens next year or not." Though the pursuit would be highly documented and likely garner mainstream attention, it would not be attempted simply for publicity, he said.(in part from ESPNW)(5-27-2012)

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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by Sparkz47 on Mon May 28, 2012 2:34 am

AntmanB wrote:Her Sprint Cup team owner, Tony Stewart, said before the season he hoped Patrick would be ready to ascend from the Nationwide Series to Sprint Cup full time in 2013.

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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by PKligBKFan on Mon May 28, 2012 7:30 am

I doubt she'll do this and I doubt she's even considering it. I think she's only saying this to get hype up.
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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by f1fan12 on Mon May 28, 2012 8:27 am

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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by RyanB06 on Mon May 28, 2012 8:38 am

I bet she does, and I don't think it's hype (of course, anything associated with DANICADANICADANICA will be considered such). It's been a long time since someone's even tried the double (I think Robby Gordon was the last to try it), so why not give it a go?
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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by navycook75 on Mon May 28, 2012 9:38 am

If she does run both next year, she'll be outpaced by Hinchecliffe in the 500, and she'll be running the ever so wonderful 34th place in the 600.
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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by RealRacer4 on Mon May 28, 2012 11:47 am

The only 2 words I have to say about this: Good luck.

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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by Cynon on Mon May 28, 2012 12:15 pm

I'll believe it when I see it.

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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by TheRealNathNath on Mon May 28, 2012 2:33 pm

If she does, She'll finish the 600 no better than 25th, and the 500, well, behind Dario winning under caution, is unpredictable.
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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by JMac525 on Mon May 28, 2012 5:51 pm

I just don't think this is going to happen. The last time Tony Stewart did it, it ended badly.
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Re: Getting a head start on Indy 2013

Post by RealRacer4 on Mon May 28, 2012 6:14 pm

JMac525 wrote:I just don't think this is going to happen. The last time Tony Stewart did it, it ended badly.

Well, he did finish 6th at Indy and 3rd at Charlotte, both on the lead lap the last time he did it in '01. Which reminds me, he and 5 other drivers that were all in CART at the time were the only drivers that finished the Indy 500 on the lead lap.

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