AVONDALE, Ariz. – Several people familiar with Danica Patrick’s plans told The Associated Press that Patrick has decided against trying to run in Indianapolis 500 next May because it would detract from her NASCAR efforts.
There’s nothing I can say at this time, Patrick told the AP on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Patrick left IndyCar at the end of last season for a full-time move to NASCAR and skipped the 500 this year to run in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day. But in announcing her schedule last January, Patrick said she hoped a return to Indy was still in her future and her management team has been trying all year to put a deal together to get her back to the 500 in 2013.
When Brad Keselowski didn’t wreck Jimmie Johnson at the end of last week’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, Johnson went on to his second consecutive victory and took a seven-point lead over Keselowski into today’s race at Phoenix, the penultimate event in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
So why didn’t Keselowski go for broke?
Jimmie has never done anything to me to deserve to be raced in that manner, he said.
In Pomona, Calif., Ron Capps rallied to top Funny Car qualifying in the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals with a run of 4.007 seconds at 319.29 mph.
Capps trails points leader Jack Beckman by two points.
Top Fuel leader Antron Brown, trying to become the first black driver to win a major U.S. auto racing championship, was 10th after a blown engine on his final run.
Shawn Langdon claimed the top spot in qualifying.
Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won season titles by qualifying for the eliminations.
Logano gets 9th win
In Avondale, Ariz., Joey Logano picked up his ninth series win of the season, and a wreck by Elliott Sadler helped Ricky Stenhouse Jr. move a big step closer toward a second championship.
Stenhouse now has a 20-point lead in the standings heading into Homestead.