Danica Patrick set for Ed Carpenter Racing drive at Indy 500

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Patrick revealed earlier this week that she had a deal in place for the Indy 500, with an announcement set to follow her final NASCAR race this weekend, with sources indicating to Crash.net that a deal had been struck with Ed Carpenter Racing in the team's third vehicle.

"Matt and I are very like-minded to kind of go for things".

Racer reports that while speaking to press in Daytona, Patrick apparently inadvertently confirmed that she'd be racing at Indy with Ed Carpenter Racing. "Oh, (shoot), did I just say that out loud?"

After answering a few more questions, an agitated Patrick ended the interview session by saying, "I better shut up and leave".

ECR's primary focus each season is the Indy 500, and its cars are always competitive in May. Patrick became the first woman to ever win a race in a major closed-course series in the 2008 Japan 300.

In any case, he's bullish about Patrick's chances for success at the 500, noting her extensive experience on oval tracks both in IndyCar and NASCAR. In seven Indy 500 races, Patrick only finished lower than 10th once, in 2008, due to a pit crash.

Carpenter won Indy 500 poles in 2013 and 2014, and has finished as high as fifth.

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Ed Carpenter Racing is expected to have a three-car team at the Indianapolis 500 with Spencer Pigot and Ed Carpenter behind the wheel of the other two cars.

"I'm excited", Carpenter told the station's Chris Hagan.

"I'm super excited to run for Ed", the 35-year-old told WRTV.

Patrick confirmed last month that she was dating Rodgers, who broke up with actress Olivia Munn previous year.

Rodgers and Patrick were photographed together at last week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament.

Patrick and Monster Energy Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ended their relationship in late 2017 after dating for almost five years.

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