• Nov 30th 2009 at 12:59PM
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There are plenty of reasons why Danica Patrick stays in the news. If it's not her famous temper, photo shoots for Sports Illustrated or racy television commercials, it's her impressive results on the race track. She is, after all, the first woman to win an Indy race and, after finishing third at the Brickyard this year, the most successful woman to race the Indy 500. But lately the news has centered over the future of her racing career.

Rumors first began to pop up that Danica could move on up to Formula One, initially linked with Honda and then with USF1 before Bernie Ecclestone put his foot in his mouth. Again. Most recently, however, Danica's been tipped to switch to NASCAR. But with the latest announcement, those rumors have been quashed. Well, sorta.

Announced live today in Times Square on ABC's Good Morning America, Danica has signed a "multi-year" deal (tipped to be three years) to stay in the IndyCar Series with Michael Andretti's team. The four-car squad is restructuring this year, with partners Kim Green and Kevin Savoree splitting off the race promotion arm (responsible for the races in St Petersburg and Toronto), while Michael Andretti stays on to manage the team that drops the Andretti Green Racing moniker in favor of Andretti Autosport. GoDaddy.com has signed on to continue its sponsorship of Danica's No. 7 car. Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti are locked into long-term deals for two of the other cars, while the fourth car is expected to go to former Rookie of the Year and race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.

The announcement of Danica's extended contract would seem to put an end to the NASCAR rumors for at least the next three years, but reports still suggest that the talented Miss Patrick could run a parallel schedule in the second-tier Nationwide Series while contesting the full IndyCar calendar as well. Busy beaver indeed.

[Source: Andretti Autosport]


Andretti Autosport announced today it has signed domain registrar Go Daddy, the world's largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider, to a multi-year primary sponsorship agreement and has also secured driver Danica Patrick for multiple years as the driver of the team's #7 entry.

The announcement came Monday morning as the #7 Go Daddy machine was unveiled by Patrick and team owner Michael Andretti live on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York.

To see new photos of Danica and the 2010 GoDaddy.com IndyCar, visit www.GoDaddy.com/Danica.

Go Daddy is a leading provider of services that enable individuals and businesses to establish, maintain and evolve an online presence. Go Daddy provides a variety of domain name registrar plans and Web site design and Web hosting packages, as well as a broad array of on-demand services.

Go Daddy is also well-known for its Super Bowl commercials, in which Patrick has been featured three-straight years.

Patrick joined Andretti Autosport prior to the start of the 2007 season, and during her time with the team, became the first woman ever to win an IZOD IndyCar Series event at the 2008 Japan Indy 300 and also finished third in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 -- bettering the fourth-place mark she established during her breakout 2005 season. Patrick also drove to a career-best fifth-place finish in this year's IZOD IndyCar Series championship, which stands as her best result ever.

"All of us at Andretti Autosport are looking forward to having Danica back with the team and are excited about working with Bob Parsons and everyone at Go Daddy as the primary sponsor on Danica's car. Go Daddy brings a lot of energy to our team and to the IZOD IndyCar Series. We're very excited about the opportunity to work with them in 2010 and beyond."

"Danica is the quintessential Go Daddy Girl. Danica is a beautiful woman competing in a male-dominated sport. She's passionate. She's focused. She's all about doing what it takes to win and we love that about her. Not to mention she's edgy, smokin' hot and as tough as any competitor anywhere. We are very good together."

"I'm happy to be able to announce that I'm returning to Andretti Autosport. Michael Andretti has helped me become a better driver and we hope to accomplish a great deal during the next few years together. Bob Parsons and Go Daddy have believed in me from the start. You know, my life long goal is to win the Indy 500 and I'd love to do that in the GoDaddy.com car."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a good thing she is pretty and marketable or she wouldn't be in that seat. You have to wonder how many better drivers there are out there who won't get the chance because they don't have the T 'n A?

      As soon as her cache wears off in Indy she'll make the jump to Nascar to cash in some more before her 15 minutes are up. I can't wait to see how the boys of Nascar respond to her foot stompin' temper tantrums when she storms down pit lane.

      American Idol meets Indy car. A true champion she is not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i don't think anyone cares about danica patrick anymore. she's still more than welcome to continue skankifying herself, but whether she's winning or losing in NASCAR or IRL, it is a non-issue.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well she "skankified" herself to 5th in the 2009 IRL championship, finishing behind the dominating Ganassi & Penske drivers.

        PR queens(like Milka Duno) finish 10 laps down or crash out. Is Ms Patrick the best OW driver? No, but it takes a driver with actual skills to do what she has accomplished. Driving 225MPH+ is not for swimsuit models

        As for sponsor Pimp Daddy.... not my favorite, as they aim to the lowest common denominator & or to 12 year old boys looking for a jerk fantasy image. At least the BOOST Mobile ads were creative! JMO
      • 5 Years Ago
      The reason women can win in men sports is because they are allowed to play, i am sure if i was allowed to compete in synchronized swimming i'd win a Gold easily, hairy legs and all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well i am no Frank Filipponio, but i think i'd have a shot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dont think you would have any shot. It may be completely stupid but sycro swimming is very difficult and I really doubt some internet jockey could compete. Are you even able to tread water?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This chick is so over rated.
        • 5 Years Ago
        News Flash vespid82: Champ Car & the ICS got back together in 2008! The only CCWS power house team that wasn't in the IRL full time was Newman Haas & even they had two cars entered @ Indy in 2005 (Danica's debut).

        Danica Patrick finished 3rd @ the 2009 Indy 500 (behind 3 time winner Helio Castroneves & '05 champ Dan Wheldon)... in a unified series no less! What's your excuse for that finish?

        Where is your contempt for all the other drivers (other than Justin Wilson) who failed to beat the Penske & Ganassi drivers in 2009?
        • 5 Years Ago
        AZZO45b, did you seriously use the words "almost won" as part of your argument?! LMAO!

        Had she does all this back BEFORE the CART / IRL split, I'd be much more impressed. IRL is a joke now, plain and simple.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rob, I totally agree with you on Danica Patrick being overrated! Way overrated if you ask
        me! I think she's too sexy and pretty to be in such a "manly" sport. I'm not saying its
        something she can't handle, obviously she is doing really good for herself. However I wonder if she ever considered doing porn? Case in point: When I was telling this story to
        my husband and mentioned the name Danica Patrick his immediate response was: Isn't
        that the porn star? Could be! Ya never know. She's the right type to succeed as a porn star and would get more exposure doing porn than anything else (no pun intended). Hey,
        she should just give it a try. I bet she'd make 3X the amount of money she is making now! I think it would release that wild child instinct inside of her. Can't you just tell that she's aching to get out of that track suit and into sexy bondage outfits? She's a star, just
        waiting to be noticed! Get out Danica, while you can and have sex with Ron Jeremy!
        • 5 Years Ago
        How many men race world wide in pro level race series? Probably thousands. I count about 8-10 women TOTAL doing the same.

        So Rob, name me another woman who has multiple poles & has almost won their series biggest race TWICE. Danica became famous for almost taking pole position at Indy & becoming the first woman to lead laps there.

        Janet Guthrie was the first to race an Indycar. Desiree Wilson & Lyn St James were next. Then Sarah Fisher grabbed a pole & had a 2nd in light IRL fields. Danica raised the game more. Will she ever be an Indycar series champion? NO, but perhaps the next group of women driver might.

        The only over-rated thing about this "chick" is how she causes the balls of guys like you to shrink... due to insecurities that a "chick" can out drive you! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      rumors of her driving F1? i admit shes better than the average driver on the road, but as a racer, she's average at best. she gets pissed when another car gets near her, how will she handle cup racing with 43 cars racing door to door and the "bumping" will be a completely new way of driving for her. if she gets out of line in cup racing, maybe jimmy spencer's wife will kick her ass
      • 5 Years Ago
      Because of her I have a huge account with GoDaddy with all my clients' domains there!
      I did not know about the company until the SuperBowl commercials!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      @mezdozit... I really doubt she would do any better than lest say Pablo, a much better driver, or Carl or any of the Bushes and really doubt she'd beat Jimmy at anything. She of course drives better than any of us commenters ever thought we could but the next Jeff Gordon... I seriously doubt that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, Autoblog, really?!

      She won ONE race on gas mileage, big whoop.

      She placed 5th overall out of a field where only 18 drivers ran the full season and only about half of those are competing with equipment that could be considered "competitive" when compared to the big name teams.

      She's "alright" in IRL at BEST, but nothing worth talking about, especially not on the scale that you all at Autoblog do...

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think Azzo has a crush on her.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry Rob... I don't jones for married women, but I do like her. She has to put up with guys like you & vespid pi$$ing on her skill to pilot an Indycar.

        I clearly stated that she is not the level of driver of Dario Franchitti, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, or Helio Castroneves. Throw in Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan, & 05 Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon(even though he looks like he's trying himself into a woman...) as more hardcore talents. However, she is hardly the pile of dog $h*t that you make her out to be.

        You still haven't answered the core questions either. Name me another woman who has come close to her. ZERO have won at her level. People & especially Americans love DIFFERENT. At Indy there is 30-31 male drivers & the balance are women. Only ONE really runs competitive & that why Danica gets the media spotlight. If it boosts the sport & the talented drivers /teams as a viable alternative to NAPCAR... then its all good IMO.

        BTW, I have a nine year old niece who races karts & the only freakin' reason she was allowed to race was her Mom knew who Danica was. Her daughter was not doing something wacky...there was some precedent, etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How many races have you won?

        Your balls must be shrinking as you type this nonsense! My bet is your mom & sister beat you at the indoor kart track too!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      As someone who's swearing off NASCAR until they fix their Jimmie Johnson problem, this is great news. The Indy Racing League needs a marketable face, and she's it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad she's staying in IndyCar, and not jumping to NA$CAR. She needs to continue to hone her craft in the IRL. I think she's got more wins in her future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think your an idiot because its not her choice at all, nascar dont want her ass
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great more "HO-Daddy" or "whore-daddy" commercials. Like the one with the cop that starts like a porn movie lesbo scene.

      Based on what I have seen, the founder must be really into skanks.

      God the economy must be bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nothing against the sexuality in ads, but I've heard horror stories of Godaddy all over the internet. There have been occasions where they hijack expired domains that customers forgot to renew, and ransom them for high prices. Their hosting services are generally known to be crap as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is. Motorola had big issues this year & worked out BOOST Mobile to finish their sponsorship contract. Hard to believe Pimp Daddy raised their game to Motorola/ BOOST levels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Shawn, what are you referring to?

        Choking the bishop?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, sex sells. Especially amongst those of us too ashamed to go to a proper 'adult entertainment' site.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if she is edgy and tough to deal with, we still like her. Keep throwing powerades at the boys Danica.
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