The Indianapolis 500 is fading into the background for Danica Patrick, who has decided not to attempt the race next season, after all.
Several people familiar with her plans told The Associated Press that Patrick has decided against trying to run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next May because it would detract from her NASCAR efforts. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Patrick has not officially announced her intentions.
''There's nothing I can say at this time,'' Patrick told the AP on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Patrick left IndyCar at the end of last season for a full-time move to NASCAR, and skipped the 500 this year to run in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day. But in announcing her schedule last January, Patrick said she hoped a return to Indy was still in her future and her management team has been trying all year to put a deal together to get her back to the 500 in 2013.
Those plans were halted, though, in the las...