Danica Patrick to race in NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kansas Speedway

Even though the IZOD IndyCar Series will not be running at Kansas Speedway for the first time since the facility opened in 2001, Danica Patrick will still make one appearance at the track.

As part of her limited NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, Patrick will make her first Kansas Speeday stock car appearance on Oct. 8.

In addition to competing full time in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Patrick’s 2011 NASCAR plans include 12 Nationwide series races. She will compete in the first four Nationwide Series races – Daytona (Feb. 19), Phoenix (Feb. 26), Las Vegas (March 5) and Bristol (March 19).

She will continue with races at Chicagoland Speedway (June 4), Daytona (July 1), Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Aug. 20), Richmond International Speedway (Sept. 9), and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 8). She will conclude her second NASCAR season with the final three races on the Nationwide Series schedule – Texas (Nov. 5), Phoenix (Nov. 12) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 19).

Patrick's first season in the Nationwide series was a difficult one, though she did score a career-best fifth-place start and 19th-place finish in the 2010 finale at Homestead-Miami. “I have a much different perspective heading into this season," Patrick said in a statement. "I know a little more of what to expect, and I’m not as out of my element. I’ve had a year to work with my team, and there is a comfort level that comes with returning to some of these tracks.

"It’s obvious experience goes a long way in this sport. Thanks to everyone at Go Daddy and JR Motorsports that have been incredibly supportive throughout this process.”

Patrick won the pole in her first appearance at Kansas Speedway in the IndyCar series in 2005 and has had three Top 10 finishes, including a career-best fifth in 2010.