MENCS: Danica Patrick Says Conversations About 2018 Have Taken Place


DOVER, Del. – In a media availability on Friday at Dover International Speedway, Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing entry, noted that she has had “some but not a ton” of discussions about 2018 and beyond.

“As I’ve said for a good while now, I let business people in my business handle that and have those conversations and figure out what options are out there, and I’m going to let them do that,” Patrick said.

Patrick, who announced not to be returning to SHR next season due to lack of sponsorship, is in the final season of her contract. The major issue at hand is that she wants a competitive MENCS ride only, and currently, none of those options are available.

With other interests, including her fashion line, Warrior, whether or not she is a Cup car in 2018, Patrick will be busy.

Part of that included the announcement that she will be driving a pink Ford fusion at Dover and Charlotte to help promote Breath Cancer Awareness month, which is October.

When asked about her proudest NASCAR moment, Patrick responded ““The one that will stand out is qualifying on the pole for the Daytona 500 as the media results of that were something like winning the fourth biggest race of the year, even though it’s just for qualifying.”

“There have been lots of little races along the way that I have felt have been much more difficult and much more representative of the hard work that I’ve put into the sport. But those don’t stand out because those weren’t wins or top fives. But top 10s and things like that and some runs that I’ve had have meant more to me,” she added.

When asked if a return to IndyCar was on the horizon for either 2018 or beyond, Practice squashed any such notion. “No, I’m not planning on anything, going back to IndyCar.”

In her Cup career, Patrick has seven top-ten and one Coors Light Pole Award in 182 races. She has led 64 laps and has an average finish of 24.0.

Currently 28th in the points standings, she’ll start Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 24th.

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Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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