Stay Put

She doesn't need anyone else's advice or counsel I'm sure but because I'm a giving guy, I'm going to provide Danica Patrick with some wisdom anyway.

Abandon any plans to come to NASCAR and stay right where you are in the open wheel world.

You're welcome.

The recent talk about Patrick again exploring the option of adding fenders to her racing resume has many believing a move to NASCAR is imminent when her contract with Andretti-Green Racing expires at the end of the season.

We've seen this show before you might remember and coincidently it happened the last time Patrick's contract was up for renewal.

Not that it appears she's ready to move on from AGR, which has slipped behind Penske and Ganassi on the Indy Car power list, of course the possibility of NASCAR has again entered into the picture.

But unless Patrick is open to using the old "ABC' ladder system - which is now I guess "ANC" for ARCA, Nationwide and Cup - any move directly from an Indy Car to a Sprint Cup car will be doomed to failure.

We've seen drivers, some better than Patrick quite frankly, make the leap from open wheels to stock cars only to flounder and in some cases derail a once promising career.

Patrick won't do the understudy program I'm sure so don't expect to see her at Toledo Speedway or Kentucky in an ARCA ride anytime soon.

In fact, don't expect to see her in a stock at any point of her career.

The story that surfaced this week is that Ganassi is working to field a third car for Patrick next season, where she'd team with Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti in what would certainly be a formidable operation - nd her best chance yet at becoming a regular winner.

Patrick has made strides in IndyCar racing and I believe in the right equipment - which Ganassi would surely provide - she could be a contender for wins, a championship and most importantly an Indy 500 crown.

That's the route she needs to follow and forget any fleeting thoughts of coming to Daytona next winter for anything but the Rolex 24 Hours.

That seems to be simple and prudent advice.

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