Chip Ganassi Racing will not provide ride for Danica Patrick in Daytona 500 or Indy 500 – USA TODAY


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Danica Patrick’s hopes of ending her racing career by running in both the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 and the May 27 Indianapolis 500, the “Danica Double,” took a major blow Thursday when the president of Chip Ganassi Racing said Patrick would not be driving in either race for CGR.

Steve Lauletta told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio that while CGR, which runs teams in both NASCAR and Indy Car, was talking with Patrick at one point, “we’re not talking any longer. I think it would have made sense and we did have conversations if she wanted to run in both races, the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. Ultimately we couldn’t come to a solution that worked for both of us.”

Patrick told USA TODAY at Homestead in November that teaming with Chip Ganassi Racing “was possible.” Ganassi said at the time, “I have talked to her and her representatives. I think it’s a fabulous idea, a fabulous marketing idea. It’s a fabulous opportunity.”

Ganassi also said then that “I’m a long way from saying I can do it. They were talking about one (of the two races) or both. I need to know more. I need to talk to my people. There are a lot of moving parts.”

Too many, it turns out, to make it work. Lauletta said he hoped something could be worked out for Patrick to get her into the Indy 500, where she had her greatest success before moving to NASCAR in 2012. She won one Indy Car race and had seven podium appearances in her seven years on the circuit. Since moving to NASCAR, she has had seven top-10 finishes, but no victories and one pole.

“Ultimately I think she will (come up with something). She was fairly successful in some of the races she’s run at that place. She knows her way around. There are teams that run just the Indianapolis 500 because of the size of the event itself, so I think they will be able to put something together, and I wish them luck. I think it would be great for the sport of Indy Car racing to have her come back and run in the Indianapolis 500 from an exposure standpoint.

“We’re going to stay focused on the task at hand, getting the 42 (Kyle Larson) in Cup and the 42 in XFinity into victory lane as much as we can in hopes of winning a couple of championships. Same thing for our Indy Car program. We’ve got two cars that were tested yesterday in Sebring and we’re going to stay focused on that rather than put another temporary effort together and not doing it up to the standards that we would want to. So I don’t think you’ll see that happening with us in 2018.”

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