Patrick’s deal close

Owner Michael Andretti is confident Andretti-Green Racing will re-sign Danica Patrick beyond this IndyCar season — and perhaps soon.

Danica Patrick

Owner Michael Andretti is confident Andretti-Green Racing will re-sign Danica Patrick beyond this IndyCar season — and perhaps soon.

Andretti said the sides are “close” to an agreement and he gave Patrick a big hug and best wishes moments before the start of Sunday’s 75-lap Sonoma Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway, the final road course event of the year. Patrick was part of a multi-car crash in Lap 1 and finished 16th. She couldn’t be reached for comment afterward regarding the potential deal with Andretti.

“I think we’re getting close,” Andretti told The Associated Press in pit row. “She wants to be here. We want her to be here. I’ve been saying that for a while.” Patrick came into Sunday’s race fifth in points at 321. Her season-best finish of third at the Indianapolis 500 was the top ever by a female in the event’s history. The 27-year-old Patrick is in the final year of her three-year IndyCar contract with Andretti Green Racing.

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