Originally posted on Captain Thunder Racing  |  Last updated 11/2/11

Danica is back - and this time she is staying for good.
Beginning with this weekends Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Danica Patrick is now a full-time NASCAR driver. Patrick will competing in the final three 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series races as she prepares to run the entire season for JR Motorsports in 2012. In addition, she’ll race a limited schedule in the Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Texas will mark Patrick's 10th NASCAR start of the season, and will be her first time in a stock car since Kanas where she finished 15th. It will also be her first time in a racecar since fellow friend and rival Dan Wheldon died in the final Indy race of the season. Patrick joined the rest of the Indy league to turn five laps in memory of Wheldon following his crash. Those five laps may be the last ever run in an Indy car by Patrick, as her focus now turns to her full time NASCAR ride.
Patrick has posted one top five and three top 10s in her previous nine races, including a fourth-place finish at Las Vegas that put her in the record books as the highest-finishing female in any NASCAR national series race.
In her only start at Texas, Patrick finished 22nd last year in her series track debut. She heads to the track this weekend with a pre-race Driver Rating of 51.6 and an  Average Running Position of 29th. - Captain Thunder - www.CaptainThunderRacing.com
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