While the silly season has been in full swing across all forms of major motorsport, no move has received as much attention as Danica Patrick and her future. The rumors have been in full affect all year as the female drivers contract comes to an end. Arguably one of the hottest commercial properties and a pretty good driver in her own right, Patrick has been rumored from USF1 to Stewart Haas Racing all the way to TCGR.
However, Autosport has just ran a story that indicates Danica will stay at AGR and that while there is no paper work, the deal is nearly complete on the front end. One of the big reasons she has decided to stay is the shift in management at AGR. This week the team announced that Andretti, Kim Green and Kevin Savoree would split up AGR and while Andretti would control the race team, Green and Savoree would take over Andretti Green Promotional Group that is in charge of the St. Petersburg race as well as other things. There are also other driver changes that may occur at AGR that will see Danica able to take more of a team leader role as she continues to mature as a race driver.
When asked about the Ganassi deal, she deflected the question and said that Penske was the only other option and they had a solid driver lineup already as well as an awesome part time driver.
I will say that I am surprised that Danica has chosen to stay in her current position. I would think that a ride with Ganassi would be too much to turn down given the dominance currently enjoyed by the team. AGR has been a nightmare for the last couple seasons and I don’t really see much changing due to the management switch. I think that the problem lies with the driver lineup as opposed to the management lineup. Good news for AGR on a sponsorship front as nearly any company would pay to have Patrick as an advertising platform.