Friday, November 4, 2011

NASCAR: Stewart-Haas Racing and Danica Patrick unveils the #10 Chevrolet and 2012 schedule which includes 2012 Daytona 500.

Earlier today at Texas Motor Speedway, Stewart-Haas Racing with Tony Stewart and driver Danica Patrick unveiled Patrick’s 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule and her 2012 #10 Chevrolet Impala SS.

Three things caught my eye from this announcement.

1. The 10-race schedule, 2 of which will be chosen at a later date are all races that would make even get the attention of a veteran driver and this schedule starts off with the 2012 Daytona 500 in late February. This is a bold move for sure as this is NASCAR’s superbowl race.

Follow the Daytona 500 up with Darlington, Bristol, Atlanta, Chicagoland, Dover, Texas and Phoenix and you have one helleva race schedule.

May 12:     Darlington (S.C.) Raceway
Aug. 25:     Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway
Sept. 2:      Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept. 16:    Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
Sept. 30:    Dover (Del.) International Speedway
Nov. 4:      Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth
Nov. 11:    Phoenix International Raceway

But one thing, since the Nationwide Series is running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next August anyway, why not include the Brickyard 400 as well as teh July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the other two dates. Both add major value and would complete the scope of racetracks.

2. Unlike what some NASCAR fans might think, there is something in the number of the racecar, whether its the #5 for Hendrick Motorsports, the #6 for Roush-Fenway Racing, to the #14 and #39 for Stewart-Haas Racing, those are all important numbers for those teams and seeing Danica Patrick chose the number 10 for her Sprint Cup Series debut doesn’t surprise me. She drove the #10 back in her early days of racing.

But the all green paint scheme, damn at least you’ll never miss her on the track.

(Source: NASCARmedia)

3. What is Tony Stewart and SHR going to do about the other 26 races? Keep in mind that MWR has just signed Mark Martin to a two year deal, so who would (with a sponsor of course) be willing to run the #10 for 26 races in 2012? I truly believe that SHR needs to run this car full time especially if you are going to have owners points for Danica Patrick to not have to qualify on speed for all of her 10 races.

Personally 2012 will be an interesting learning curve for Danica Patrick with her full-time Nationwide Series schedule and her 10 races in the Cup Series. I just have to wonder just how she is going to do especially in the Cup Series with Boy’s Have at it, those drivers are out of control at times, of course NASCAR made them that way.