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Danica Patrick still not sure if she'll make NASCAR debut at Daytona

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Danica Patrick remained unsure about whether she’ll make her NASCAR debut in the Nationwide Series race Feb. 13 at Daytona International Speedway.

Patrick, who began her ARCA practice at Daytona on Thursday, said during NASCAR Media Day that her decision to drive for JR Motorsports in the DRIVE4COPD 300 will be made after the ARCA race this weekend, and an announcement should come Monday.

"Nobody’s putting pressure on me, that’s the thing," Patrick said. "I feel pretty lucky from that perspective. I just wanna be smart. This is the biggest race of the year for everybody. There are guys that are going to be out there for a championship here in Daytona next weekend. Obviously, there’s the challenge of all those Cup guys out there, too. It’s been recommended that it’s not the best idea to start there. I’m not going to ignore the people that are giving me advice."

Patrick said her decision whether to race in the Nationwide event would be based on a "feeling" and not some particular result, such as a top-five finish.

"At the end of the day, it’d be nice to have a good result," Patrick said, "but it’s going to probably be more off the feeling I have and how little mistakes I made and how comfortable I was with the different situations."