Ganassi not talking to Danica Patrick about 2018 races

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

After this, she would retire from racing. The reason for this was the fact that she did not have anything lined up for either race at the time.

A few weeks ago, her talks with Chip Ganassi Racing came to a halt.

"With the teams - or team - that I'm going to race for in NASCAR and IndyCar I'm pushing politely, but you can't make these things happen". The other team of that nature, Team Penske, are at capacity for the Indianapolis 500 with their three full-time drivers and three-time race victor Helio Castroneves, so they were pretty much ruled out from the start. Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing are already ruled out for her in the Daytona 500 because they each field four cars full-time.

Now, her odds for landing a ride in either race got even slimmer.

Are Danica Patrick's options dwindling for her Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 attempt or are teams just slow-playing negotiations?

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Here is what Steve Lauletta, the president of Chip Ganassi Racing, had to say on the matter, according to NBC Sports.

"We're not talking any longer, " Lauletta said. "I think it would have made sense, and we did have conversations, if she wanted to run in both races, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500".

"We're going to stay focused on the task at hand. which is getting the [Nos.] 1 and the 42 in Cup and the [No.] 42 in Xfinity into Victory Lane as much as we can with the hopes of winning a couple of championships", Lauletta said. Penske fields three full-time IndyCar teams for Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud and will field a vehicle in the 500 for Helio Castroneves. We've got cars that were testing yesterday in Sebring, and we're going to stay focused on that rather than put another temporary effort together and not doing it up to the standards that we would want to. "I think it would be great for the sport of IndyCar racing to have her come back and run the Indianapolis 500 from an exposure standpoint and people wanting to tune in, and hopefully it will be to see (Ganassi drivers) Scott Dixon or Ed Jones win it while she's running around behind us". Join the Beyond the Flag team!

Things are not looking good for Danica Patrick in terms of landing rides for the 2018 Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. She said earlier this month that finding a ride for both races is "taking longer than I'd like it to take, I'll be really honest". The situation is definitely unfolding, but there are still plenty of unknowns.

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