Danica Patrick (LAT photo)
The Indianapolis Star reports that Danica Patrick signed a new contract with Andretti Green Racing last weekend at Twin Ring Motegi that will keep her in the IndyCar Series IndyCar through 2012. The Star's report claims that Patrick "has not resolved her options for driving a stock car in the future."
Although the team has made no official confirmation of the report, Patrick had indicated last month at the IndyCar race at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway that she expected to remain with AGR next season. Patrick also indicated that recent changes in the team's structure – with Michael Andretti splitting with partners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree – would play a significant role in her decision.
During last week's IndyCar race at Motegi, IndyCar CEO Jeff Belskus had added his personal hope and expectation that Patrick would remain in the league rather than switch to NASCAR, as had been rumored.
"She's great for our series,” Belskus told the Associated Press. “My hope is she's going to continue being a part of our series. I know she has said winning the Indianapolis 500 is important to her and that it's a lifelong dream to win that race.”