MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Danica Patrick will drive the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in the first four NASCAR Nationwide Series events of 2011, including the prestigious season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. JR Motorsports officials made the announcement at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The races beyond that have not been determined, although Patrick will take on a schedule similar to that of her 13-race rookie NASCAR Nationwide Series campaign.
The first four races include the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 19 -- the kick-off event to the NASCAR Nationwide Series -- followed by the 200-mile race at Phoenix International Raceway (Feb. 26), the 300-mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, (March 5) and the 150-mile dash at Bristol Motor Speedway (March 19).
Patrick will then return to the IndyCar Series to dedicate full-time attention to open-wheel racing, making sporadic returns to NASCAR throughout the year.
“I know we’re all anxious to get the whole schedule put in place, but I’m extremely excited to be able to confirm our participation in the first four races of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, and also unveil another beautiful Go Daddy car,” Patrick said. “Go Daddy has been extremely good to me in both series. I know Bob Parsons is a huge fan of our racing program, and I thank him for all the support. We’ll have four extremely challenging and unique races to start our 2011 season, and I’m anxious to return to a lot of those tracks with at least a little bit of familiarity.”
Patrick kicked off her stock car career with JR Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks 2010. She made her stock car debut in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Racing Series event finishing sixth. A week later, she made her NASCAR debut in the DRIVE4COPD 300 and finished 35th.
“Danica has shown immense dedication in her NASCAR endeavor,” Kelley Earnhardt said. “She proved last week (at Auto Club Speedway) that even a little bit of experience goes a long way, as she drove an exceptional race. Starting this weekend at Charlotte, she will compete in each of the final five races of 2010. Add the first four Nationwide races of next season, and that’s a solid stretch of seat time she will get to continue learning the intricacies of these race cars. She has done a commendable job so far given the limited seat time, and we appreciate her work ethic and dedication to Go Daddy and our race team.”
Tickets for Speedweeks 2011 and the DRIVE4COPD 300 are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.