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No Indy 500-Coca-Cola 600 double for Danica Patrick

Focus will be on Cup season for former IndyCar star

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Danica Patrick confirmed Thursday that she will not attempt to run the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and will focus on her first fulltime season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.

“I am just going to do the Coke 600. The team and I decided to focus on Cup. It’s going to be plenty of work as it is,” she said. “It’s going to be important for me running for the championship full time for the first time to really keep myself focused with the Cup car.

“But if I do the Indy 500 moving forward, it will be with GoDaddy (as sponsor).”

Patrick said she was also in negotiations with Turner Scott Motorsports to run a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series in 2013.

“We are definitely talking to them trying to figure it out and we are definitely working on that, but there has been nothing signed yet,” she said. “The exact dates, the races and the sponsor have yet to be confirmed for all that. We are working on it, but I would like to.”

Patrick, a former IndyCar Series fan favorite, had previously stated a desire to try the “double” – running the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

Waltrip to run Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion, will pilot Swan Racing's No. 30 in the Feb. 24 Daytona 500, reuniting him with former crew chief Tony Eury Jr. The race marks Swan Racing's Cup series debut since announcing its new ownership last month.

It’s a one-race deal for Waltrip, who will step in for the team’s regular driver, David Stremme.

New HANS approved: NASCAR approved the newest HANS device, a restraint that protects a driver’s head an neck in a crash, in time for testing this week. The new model is lighter and has a lower collar that helps drivers more easily enter and exit race cars.

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