NASCAR Gets Jolt of Girl Power

Danica Patrick to race for team with Kelley Earnhardt as owner
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2009 5:18 PM CST
NASCAR Gets Jolt of Girl Power
IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, right, is joined by Go Daddy CEO and founder Bob Parsons and Kelley Earnhardt, vice president and general manager of JR Motorsports.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Female racing phenom Danica Patrick confirmed today that she's going to race in NASCAR events next year. Patrick will make the jump to stock cars while maintaining her presence on the IndyCar circuit, where she is a certified star. But the best part of this new deal is that she's joining JR Motorsports, which features Kelley Earnhardt—sister of Dale Jr.—as a team owner, writes Jay Busbee.

"That's right—in a sport derided by its detractors as backward-looking, the hottest new team in NASCAR will have at its center two women," writes Busbee of Yahoo Sports. "The truth is that Patrick and Earnhardt will make for a powerful tandem regardless of their gender ... and, to an extent, regardless of Danica's immediate success on the track." (More Danica Patrick stories.)

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