Next week, it becomes official: Danica Patrick will make NASCAR her full-time gig in 2012.
No surprise, of course. We've been saying this for three months, but ESPN's Marty Smith reported Wednesday that Patrick finally is ready to tell the world in a few days.
And it's the right thing to do in every respect.
No sense hiding the obvious any longer. IndyCar officials have known she is leaving since early May.
As expected, Patrick will spend the 2012 season as a full-time driver in the Nationwide Series, continuing to drive the No. 7 Chevy for JR Motorsports.
Good decision. Patrick has yet to race a full season in NASCAR, and needs time to get used to the grind and learn the tracks before moving full time to Cup.
That will happen in 2013 when she drives for Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick will race a few Cup events next season for SHR but will maintain her rookie status in Cup for 2013.