Danica Patrick Making Full-Time Move to NASCAR

August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2011 at 2:19 PM EDT

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Danica Patrick Making Full-Time Move to NASCAR

August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2011 at 2:19 PM EDT

Popular race car driver Danica Patrick on Thursday announced at a news conference that she is leaving the IndyCar Series to race full time in NASCAR beginning in 2012.

Patrick, 29, said she will run a full Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports in 2012, and also plans to run a part-time Sprint Cup schedule with Stewart-Haas Racing.