Chip Ganassi Racing rule out Danica Patrick for 2018 races

Talks off between Danica Patrick Ganassi for Daytona Indy double

Talks off between Danica Patrick Ganassi for Daytona Indy double

Patrick, who announced she would not run NASCAR full-time going forward, is trying to put together a deal, or deals, to end her motorsports career by running the February 18 Daytona 500 for NASCAR, and then the biggest race in the IndyCar Series. After this, she would retire from racing. She announced that her retirement would officially come after she had raced in the 2018 Daytona 500 in the Cup Series and the 2018 Indianapolis 500 in IndyCar. The reason for this was the fact that she did not have anything lined up for either race at the time.

But now a representative of Chip Ganassi Racing says that those plans are done. She needs to find a NASCAR team that doesn't already have four cars and Ganassi has two. The other team of that nature, Team Penske, are at capacity for the Indianapolis 500 with their three full-time drivers and three-time race victor Helio Castroneves, so they were pretty much ruled out from the start.

Earlier this week, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ruled out her driving in the Indianapolis 500 for the team after it was speculated that she might end up there following the team's deal with Didier Calmels to field Tristan Gommendy falling through, leaving her odds of landing a ride in that race extremely slim.

Chip Ganassi Racing president Steve Lauletta doesn't see Danica Patrick joining CGR for the Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500.

Even if it is not with CGR, Lauletta is just as confident she will be in the mix.

"We're not talking any longer". I think it would be great for the sport of IndyCar racing to have her come back and run in the Indianapolis 500 from an exposure standpoint.

"We're going to stay focused on the task at hand...getting [Jamie McMurray] and [Kyle Larson] in Cup and the 42 in Xfinity into Victory Lane as much as we can with the hopes of winning a couple of championships". Same thing for our Indy Car program. We've got two cars that were tested yesterday in Sebring and we're going to stay focused on that rather than put another temporary effort together and not doing it up to the standards that we would want to.

Time is also running short before Daytona, but one-off deals can come together pretty quickly in NASCAR for both drivers and sponsors.

He did, however, suggest that he thinks Patrick will ultimately be successful in lining up a ride for Daytona and Indy.