Caution Flags In Danica Patrick's NASCAR future

Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:33pm EST
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By Lewis Franck

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Caution lights may be appearing in Danica Patrick's future NASCAR career.

Patrick is one of NASCAR'S high profile drivers, but her results have not kept pace and her multi-million dollar contract with main sponsor, GoDaddy, will soon be up for renewal.

In 2013, she showed her potential by becoming the first woman to win a pole for the prestigious Daytona 500, but after 82 races in the stock car series, her best finish was sixth at Atlanta last August, and she has only three other top-10s.

Top rides on the circuit require sponsorship of least $15 million a year.

Contract talks with GoDaddy, an Internet domain name service that has underwritten Patrick's career going back to her IndyCar days, were a sore subject with Patrick.

"It's friggin' February, buddy," Patrick told reporters.

"It's sponsor and team. Both are happy, so it's a matter of getting GoDaddy in a place where they're happy and committing to something, and from my understanding the team wants that, too, and it's just a matter of time."

GoDaddy's chief marketing officer, Barb Rechterman, told Reuters in an email: "We are looking at a pretty wide range of options, even beyond 2016...   Continued...

Feb 20, 2015; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) during practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports