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Patrick's 2011 Nationwide schedule finalized

February 09, 2011, Team Release, NASCAR.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Driver to race 12 times in second season, including venturing to four new tracks

JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt announced Wednesday the 2011 Nationwide Series schedule for Danica Patrick.

Patrick's tour will closely resemble her rookie campaign in that she will compete in a cluster of races on the front and back ends of the Nationwide schedule. She will appear in select races during the middle parts of the year while competing full time in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Patrick's 2011 NASCAR plans feature 12 races across 10 markets. Four of those markets will host Patrick for the first time in a stock car.

As announced last October, Patrick will compete in the first four Nationwide races -- Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 19), Phoenix International Raceway (Feb. 26), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 5) and Bristol Motor Speedway (March 19).

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

"This is going to be an exciting year in the No. 7 Chevrolet," said Patrick, who scored 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. 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."

Race tracks that were not on Patrick's 2010 schedule, but are among her 2011 plans, are Bristol, Richmond, Kansas and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Patrick has raced at Richmond and Kansas in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

GoDaddy.com, the world's largest Web hosting provider and top domain name registrar, will serve as primary sponsor for 11 of the 12 races with Patrick on the No. 7 Chevrolet.