DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick announced on Thursday that she will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports in 2012 and run a limited Sprint Cup Series schedule with Stewart Haas Racing.

Statement from Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III on Danica Patrick’s NASCAR announcement:

“Daytona International Speedway provides an ideal backdrop for Danica Patrick to launch a full-time NASCAR career. We’re all anxious to see her take this next step in NASCAR by racing against the best drivers right here at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ ”

Tickets for the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 and other Speedweeks 2012 events can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

New for the 2012 Daytona 500 is special youth pricing.  Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all Superstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500.  The special offer expires Feb. 1.

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