Danica Patrick Not Running In This Year’s Indy 500

Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, speaks with the media during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 10, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, speaks with the media during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 10, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (AP) – Danica Patrick says she does not plan to race in this year’s Indianapolis 500 because she wants to concentrate on her first full-time season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series.

Patrick also skipped the Indy 500 last year, instead running in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day. She said Thursday that she will do the same in 2013.

Speaking on the opening day of testing of NASCAR’s new “Gen 6” cars at Daytona International Speedway, Patrick said that her schedule also could include some Nationwide series events, although she has not yet signed a deal with a racing team or sponsor.

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