News & Multimedia

Patrick Finalizes First Stage of 'Danica Double' with Daytona 500 Ride

Danica Patrick will drive in the Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports, finalizing the first stage in her plan to compete in the “Danica Double” in 2018. She will pilot the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports with Tony Eury Jr. atop the pit box, reuniting her with both the number and crew chief with which she began her NASCAR career.

The Associated Press first reported the news.

“I couldn’t have written a better story about how this would all fall into place,” Patrick said in a press release. “Going with the flow is working out beautifully. … It all makes my last NASCAR race just that much sweeter.”

Patrick’s plans for the second leg of the “Danica Double” — the Indianapolis 500 — have not yet been finalized.

Eury Jr. served as Patrick’s crew chief from 2010-12 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and welcomes the chance to rejoin Patrick for one final race.

“It wouldn’t be just any opportunity that could coax me back to the pit box,” Eury said. “Working with Danica and GoDaddy again at Daytona is going to be fun – when you can do what you love and be in your element … well, I can tell you, it doesn’t get any better. Danica and I have shared success before in Daytona, and she has a lot more experience under her belt now, so I look forward to seeing what we can achieve during Speedweeks.”

Premium Motorsports has a charter for Patrick’s entry, guaranteeing her a spot in the field.

Patrick announced in November that the 2017 season would mark her last full-time campaign in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In that same emotional news conference, Patrick also announced her intent to compete in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 this season.

She has competed six times in the Daytona 500 with a best finish of eighth (twice); she also won the pole position for the 2013 running.

Patrick competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the last five seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing. Last September, Patrick announced she would part ways with SHR.

She has since branched into several other careers and projects for her life after racing, including her own line of athletic apparel, a self-penned fitness book and ownership of a California vineyard.



Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Danica Daytona
 
Patrick Finalizes First Stage of 'Danica Double' with Daytona 500 Ride
Danica Patrick will drive in the Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports, finalizing the first stage in her plan to compete in the “Danica Double” in 2018.
Read More
Related Media
Ed Carpenter
 
Family, Friends Rejoice as Carpenter Zooms to Pole Position in Personal 'Playground'
An appreciative Fuzzy Zoeller handed Ed Carpenter a special bottle before they smiled together for a celebratory picture on pit road Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
JR Hildebrand
 
Munoz, Hildebrand Hope Strong '500' Finishes Will Attract Full-Time Rides
They’ve experienced a genuine sense of accomplishment in finishing second in the Indianapolis 500, but have also endured the emptiness of losing a full-time ride in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Read More
Ed Carpenter
 
Carpenter Wins Pole Position for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500
Ed Carpenter made news this offseason by deciding to field a car for Danica Patrick in what is slated to be her final bid in the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. He made more news on Sunday for fielding the car for the pole winner of the 102nd running that takes place in a week.
Read More
Emotional Mann
 
Emotional Mann Endures Heartbreak of Missing Show on Bump Day
Nobody at Indianapolis Motor Speedway served more embraces for the elated and hugs for the heartbroken on Saturday than Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Dale Coyne.
Read More
James Hinchcliffe
 
Hinchcliffe, Mann Face Final Bump; Castroneves Fastest Heading into Pole Day
The pendulum between ecstasy and agony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway swung cruelly again for James Hinchcliffe.
Read More
Items 20 - 24 of 3,054