Danica Patrick to Join Andretti Green Racing in 2007

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Andretti Green Racing announced it signed Danica Patrick to drive one of the team's IndyCar Series cars beginning in 2007.

Patrick, the 2005 Bombardier Rookie of the Year, is the third driver under contract to Andretti Green Racing for next season. She joins 2004 IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan, who won the July 23 race at The Milwaukee Mile, and Marco Andretti, who was named the JPMorgan Chase Rookie of the Year after finishing second in the 90th Indianapolis 500 in May.

"I've said all along that I just want to win races," Patrick said during an interview with ESPNews. "Andretti Green has won more races than anyone in the series. I've said all along that my passion, my heart; my soul has always been in Indy Car Racing. If there was a team that was going to give me a chance to win in the Indy Racing League, that's where I'm going to be."

Andretti Green currently fields four full-time entries in the IndyCar Series and intends to do so again in 2007. The team fielded a fifth car in the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 for team co-owner Michael Andretti, who drove to a third-place finish.

"Today is an exciting day for everyone at Andretti Green Racing," team co-owner Michael Andretti said. "Danica has shown great talent during her first two seasons in the IndyCar Series and has impressed Kim (Green), Kevin (Savoree) and myself with her development as a driver.

"Our focus has been and always will be on winning races and winning championships. We certainly believe Danica will do that. She has made it very clear that one of her goals as a driver is to win the Indianapolis 500 and we are looking forward to giving her a great opportunity to do that."

Andretti Green Racing, which has won IndyCar Series driver and team championships the past two years, is the winningest team in series history with 22 victories. It also fields two cars in the Indy Pro Series.

Patrick, coming off her second consecutive fourth-place finish, was in the final year of her contract with Rahal Letterman Racing. The team also fields cars for Buddy Rice and Jeff Simmons.

"I obviously informed them recently that I wasn't going to be coming back to the team, and thanked (Bobby) for every thing he's done," Patrick said. "Nobody stepped up four and five years ago. He did and gave me a chance and brought me to the Indy Racing League. I wouldn't be here without him. I will be forever grateful for what he's done for me."

*Note: Information provided by the Indy Racing League

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