Patricks Future Still Undecided
June 17, 2009 | 9:12 A.M. EST
Patrick's contract with Andretti Green Racing expires at the end of the current IRL season and rumors have swirled she is considering a deal with Target Ganassi Racing to remain in the open wheel circuit.
"Well, we'll definitely be looking at our options," Patrick said. "They are one of the top three teams in the IndyCar Series. But then again, I'm also driving for one of those top three teams in the IndyCar Series. So it's going to have to be a really good option for me as a driver and as a brand to expand beyond, because I already drive for a great team. So we'll just have to see."
Should the Ganassi deal not come to fruition, Patrick has not ruled out a move to stock cars and a NASCAR career.
However she realizes others who have tried to make the switch from Indy Cars to stock cars have had a learning curve.
"I think it's something to take notice of," she said. "I think what it shows is it is difficult. You do need as much help as possible. But as credit to them, they haven't been driving for the best teams in NASCAR either. So how can you really hold them accountable for not doing extremely well in the very beginning when they just don't have the resources.
"Now they're getting the hang of it. And Sam's (Hornish Jr.) doing much better, and Juan's (Pablo Montoya) doing better. I think that things are moving ‑‑ they're doing better overall. But, they don't drive for Hendrick or Roush or any of the top teams. So I think it's a tough one."
Speaking of the top NASCAR operations, would Patrick consider joining one if a stock car change were in her future?
"As I said earlier, for me the most important thing is performing and having the ability and having the resources to get there faster. So, yeah, when it's a top team calling, it makes it more attractive."
The large NASCAR audience is one factor Patrick will consider when her decision becomes near.
"But NASCAR has so many viewers and so many partners," Patrick said. "There are just lots of options both inside and outside the car. So there's reasons, and it looks like fun. There are 40‑odd guys that do it every year. I'm not sure how many the number is this year. But, obviously, it's a good time. Oval racing is always fun. It's you racing against everyone else, it's very competitive.
"It's kind of like the Indy 500 every weekend. That's a lot of fun as a driver to be part of something important, and something people want to watch."