The bonus of an extra practice day has added Kansas Speedway’s Oct. 21 race to Danica Patrick’s schedule.
Stewart-Haas Racing announced Tuesday that the Hollywood Casino 400 will round out Patrick’s 10-race Cup schedule.
A Thursday practice day has been added to the recently repaved track’s schedule for the October weekend.
“With the testing rules the way they are, we can’t test with her at tracks where NASCAR’s top three series compete,” said Greg Zipadelli, SHR competition director. “That extra day of testing will be huge for her. With the amount of 1.5-mile ovals on the schedule, it made sense to have her compete at Kansas to better prepare her for 2013.”
Patrick is racing part-time in Sprint Cup this season through a collaborative effort pairing SHR and Tommy Baldwin Racing. She is running the Nationwide Series full time.
Also remaining on Patrick’s Sprint Cup schedule this year: Bristol Aug. 25, Atlanta Sept. 2, Chicagoland Sept. 16, Dover Sept. 30, Texas Nov. 4 and Phoenix Nov. 11.
Patrick’s best finish in three Cup races to date is a 30th at Charlotte. She finished 38th at Daytona in the season-opening 500 and 31st in the Southern 500 at Darlington.
“I’ve always liked racing at Kansas Speedway,” Patrick said. “I think the extra day of testing will be very beneficial, not only to prepare for the race weekend but to learn for the rest of 2012 and looking ahead to 2013 with Stewart-Haas Racing.”
Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 30 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.