Danica Patrick (LAT photo)
Danica Patrick's NASCAR future could be linked up with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s, according to Sports Illustrated.
SI.com quotes NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick as saying that Patrick is in discussions with Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports to run a series of NASCAR Nationwide Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series races for the team. JR Motorsports recently concluded a sponsorship arrangement with Patrick's longtime personal sponsor, GoDaddy.com.
"We have no deal but she has spoke with Kelley Earnhardt [Dale Jr.'s sister, who handles that teams business affairs] about a limited number of NASCAR races in that car," Hendrick told SI.com. "I have had some conversation and Kelley Earnhardt has had some conversation with that, but Kelly is heading that up."
Late last month, Patrick reportedly signed a new three-year contract with Andretti Green Racing to remain in the IndyCar Series, although neither she nor the team has yet confirmed that.