Danica Patrick could be moving to NASCAR full-time in 2012

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Indy driver Danica Patrick may be working on a deal to drive in the Nationwide Series full-time in 2012.

Danica Patrick may be going full-time NASCAR in 2012.

Reports have indicated that Patrick and her team could finalize a deal in the near future that would mean her racing full-time in NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012, along with a limited number of Sprint Cup races. Then, Patrick could potentially move to the Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2013.

If Patrick does move to the Nationwide Series full-time in 2012, reports indicate that she would compete in the Indianapolis 500, as well. Currently, details of the deal, including which team she will potentially race for, have not been disclosed. But, her current contracts with Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series and JR Motorsports, co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., are scheduled to end after 2011. However, reports have indicated that her current Indy car and Nationwide Series sponsor, Go-Daddy.com, will continue to sponsor Patrick if she does make the move to NASCAR full-time.

"I suppose anything is possible," Patrick said, reported ESPN.com. "But I know for me, I haven't made any of those decisions yet."

Speculation as to whether or not Patrick would go full-time into NASCAR has surrounded her career since she stepped onto the Nationwide stage two years ago.

Patrick is the only woman who has ever led a lap in the Indy 500; she will compete in her seventh Indy 500 this Sunday.

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