Danica Patrick will be guaranteed a shot at proving she has a good chance to win the Daytona 500.
Stewart-Haas Racing has formed a collaborative partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing that will ensure Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet will make the first five Sprint Cup races of the 2012 season. NASCAR sets its fields by saving a spot for the top 35 cars in owners’ points, and the final top 35 from the previous season is used to determine the starting grid for the first five races each year.
Because SHR didn’t field a third car last year, it didn’t have a guaranteed spot for Patrick’s Chevy when she joined the team as a part-time teammate to Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman in 10 races this season.