Stewart-Haas Racing has announced that Danica Patrick will compete in the Sprint Cup Series' Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway. Patrick and the other drivers will have an extra day of practice before the race, because the 1.5-mile oval has been resurfaced since the Cup event in April.
"With the testing rules the way they are, we can't test with her at tracks where NASCAR's top three series compete," said Greg Zipadelli, Stewart-Haas Racing competition director. "That extra day of testing will be huge for her. With the amount of 1.5-mile ovals on the schedule, it made sense to have her compete at Kansas to better prepare her for 2013."
The addition of Kansas completes Patrick's 10-race Cup schedule for 2012, which includes races at Bristol, Atlanta, Chicagoland, Dover, Texas and Phoenix. She made her Cup debut in the Daytona 500 and has since competed at Darlington and Charlotte.
Patrick got her first career IndyCar Series pole in July 2005 at Kansas. She qualified third or better in three of her six starts there and had three top-10 finishes. In her only Nationwide Series start at the track last season, she started and finished 15th.
"I've always liked racing at Kansas Speedway," Patrick said. "I think the extra day of testing will be very beneficial, not only to prepare for the race weekend but to learn for the rest of 2012 and looking ahead to 2013 with Stewart-Haas Racing. The more track time I can get, the better."