There are reports that Patrick is close to finalizing a deal to drive a NASCAR Nationwide series car for JR Motorsports, the racing team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his sister. The Nationwide series features up-and-coming drivers competing against established NASCAR veterans.
It's also been reported that Patrick could break away from the Nationwide circuit in May, 2012, to run in the Indianapolis 500. Patrick has enjoyed success driving at Indy, leading the race for stretches in both her rookie year of 2005 and this year's race. Her best finish was third place in 2009.
As for NASCAR, Earnhardt, Jr. is impressed with Patrick's efforts so far.
“I feel confident that she’s content where she is and happy with what we’re doing and I think things are looking positive for us to put something together,” he told reporters last week at Indianapolis. “I would like for her to run full time and I’m sure she is considering that and I think she would enjoy it.”