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Sport Talks off between Danica Patrick, Ganassi for Daytona-Indy double

23:10  12 january  2018
23:10  12 january  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Danica Patrick is ‘pushing politely’ as she struggles to secure Daytona 500, Indy 500 rides

  Danica Patrick is ‘pushing politely’ as she struggles to secure Daytona 500, Indy 500 rides "It’s taking longer than I’d like it to take, I’ll be really honest with you."But before she walks away from the track for good, she has two more races she wants to do: the Daytona 500 in February and the Indy 500 in May.

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If Danica Patrick competes in the Daytona 500 and/or Indianapolis 500 this year, it won’t be for Chip Ganassi Racing.

a woman wearing sunglasses: Danica Patrick© (Getty Images) Danica Patrick If Danica Patrick competes in the Daytona 500 and/or Indianapolis 500 this year, it won’t be for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Patrick, who retired from full-time racing effective at the end of last NASCAR Cup Series season, hoped to run a “Danica Double” in 2018 by racing Ganassi cars in both NASCAR’s and IndyCar’s premier events, but CGR president Steve Lauletta said those cards are now off the table.

"We're not talking any longer,” Lauletta told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio on Thursday (via USA Today). “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."

Ganassi named Grand Marshal of Daytona 24 Hours

  Ganassi named Grand Marshal of Daytona 24 Hours Legendary team owner Chip Ganassi will be the Grand Marshal for the 2018 Daytona 24 Hours on January 27-28. Ganassi, whose first visit to Daytona was in 1965 as a crewman and who contested the race as a driver in 1986, has won the 24 hours overall six times as a team boss.As part of the honorary role, he will give the famous 'Drivers, start your engines' command ahead of the race start."This is a really big honour for me to be recognized by a race that has meant so much to me over my career, both as a driver and an owner," said Ganassi."The Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of motorsport's truly significant races.

Danica Patrick gets Indy 500 veteran refresher course 'over with'. Patrick was behind the wheel of an Indy car for the first time in seven years Tuesday, but getting re-acclimated came If Danica Patrick competes in the Daytona 500 and/or Indianapolis 500 this year, it won’t be for Chip Ganassi Racing.

If Danica Patrick competes in the Daytona 500 and/or Indianapolis 500 this year, it won’t be for Chip Ganassi Racing.

In November, while Chip Ganassi called the potential two-race deal a “fabulous marketing idea” and a “fabulous opportunity,” he acknowledged there were lots of dots to connect to make it happen.

Meanwhile, Lauletta expressed optimism that Patrick may be able to find another ride for the Indy 500 in May.

"Ultimately I think she will,” he said. “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.”

Stenhouse on Danica's Daytona/Indy double and hopes for 2018 .
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., doesn’t plan to race Danica Patrick any differently from usual in the Daytona 500. Despite being inseparable on the track and off over the last five years, the couple split following the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, and Patrick has since moved on to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers.Racing togetherPatrick is expected to make her final NASCAR start in next month’s Great American Race.“I try to respect everyone around me, especially at the speedway races,” Stenhouse said. “I don’t really want to put anybody in a bad spot, because then you put the whole field in a bad spot.

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