Not that its a big surprise, but Danica confirmed the three-year deal everyone knew she had with Andretti Autosport. The mild surprise is her change in primary sponsorship. Motorola is out and no where to be seen on the new car. GoDaddy.com is now featured prominently adding yet another green car to the grid. I guess Andretti Autosport either isn’t superstitious, or has never heard that green is an unlucky colour for race cars. Either way, as anticipated, Danica is back with the IZOD IndyCar Series for no less than three years. Here’s a clip of the announcement on Andretti Autosport’s website.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT:
“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.”
BOB PARSONS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND FOUNDER, GO DADDY:
“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.”
DANICA PATRICK, DRIVER, #7 GO DADDY CAR:
“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.”
My question is, “Where did Motorola go?” Did they simply leave the series, or will we see a Motorola/Boost-Mobile car elsewhere on the grid? They’re certainly not listed as one of Andretti Autosport’s sponsors, at least not at the moment. Whereas I’m happy to see a sponsor like GoDaddy.com step up to a primary role, I’m also bummed to see a long-time sponsor like Motorola go away. Rahal? Are you paying attention? This might be an opportunity for you! Grab Motorola and sponsor John Edwards!