Danica Patrick ended months of speculation by confirming her full-time switch to NASCAR competition with JR Motorsports next year on Thursday, and her new full-time boss Dale Earnhardt Jr. was quick to express his enthusiasm for her decision.
"Danica has done a great job in a short amount of time for JR Motorsports," said Earnhardt Jr.. "Her work ethic is probably the best of anyone in the sport. People don't understand how difficult it is to do what she did – racing two totally different cars at the same time.
"I'm glad she gets the opportunity to devote all of her attention to this car, because I think she's going to continue getting better. Danica has earned her place on the track, and I look forward to having her next year."
Patrick, who became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race at Motegi in 2008, ran a limited program in the Nationwide Series the past two years with Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolet team, with a best finish to date of fourth place at Las Vegas earlier this year. She will also make her debut in Sprint Cup with the Stewart-Haas squad, although the exact number of races that program will consist of remains to be determined.