Danica Patrick unlikely to be Scott Dixon’s Indy 500 teammate

Danica Patrick unlikely to be Scott Dixon’s Indy 500 teammate
December 10, 2017 | 7:30 am | Author: Steven Wright

Negotiations for Danica Patrick to race at Chip Ganassi Racing for two races in 2018 have stalled, that could see her hopes to be teammates with Kiwi Scott Dixon at the 2018 Indianapolis 500 dashed away.

Last month, Patrick announced her full-time racing retirement following six years in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and seven years in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

She raced for two teams in NASCAR, Stewart Hass Racing in the Cup Series, and JR Motorsport in the Xfinity Series. While racing for Andretti Autosports for the majority of her IndyCar career.

While announcing her retirement last month in Homestead-Mami, Patrick confirmed that her last hoorah will be at the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 next year.

However, she wouldn’t confirm the team she is in talks with until the deal is signed.

VIDEO: Danica Patrick Retirement Announcement Press Conference

An IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi, who informed a packed crowd of the news at the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI Show) opening breakfast, confirmed that the talks with Danica Patrick have been stalled.

“You know I think it is a great opportunity for her to do that, to go out of the sport the way she wants to, driving Daytona and Indy,” Ganassi said.

“And, you know, we had some conversations and it was very, very brief conversations at a high level and I think it is a great idea for her. I don’t know that it is going to be with us but I think it is a good idea for her.”

While the potential deal with Chip Ganassi Racing for Danica Patrick is no longer progressing, Ganassi confirmed that a deal with her will probably not happen with the two parties seems to be heading in different directions.

“You know, I think it has probably stalled a little bit,” Ganassi said.

“You know the talks have maybe stalled. It’s not anyone’s fault or any reason, I think it is just we, sort of, have different things in mind. Nobody is right or wrong here but, yeah, probably not going to happen.”

Chip Ganassi will provide entries for Kiwi Scott Dixon and Abu Dhabi’s Ed Jones in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series.

Photo: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America