No race this weekend. It is Thursday and normally we would be discussing the upcoming race weekend but without that I decided to do some “research” and give you my opinion on some things I see coming down the line in Sprint Cup.
I read that F1’s Kimi Raikonen is considering, again, a move to NASCAR Sprint Cup for the 2017 season. Looks like he may be losing his seat with the F1 Ferrari team. If you remember he raced a Truck and an Xfinity car back in 2011. Rumor has it that should Kimi come to NASCAR the most likely landing place for him would be with Stewart Haas Racing. This is interesting because next year Clint Bowyer will be taking over the 14 car from Tony Stewart. All four cars would be spoken for leaving no room at the inn for Kimi.
But wait, just wait, I have a theory of what is going to happen. You may be thinking that Kevin Harvick will leave. After all he is already rumored to be making a jump due to the SHR move from Chevy to Ford next year. That won’t happen. Harvick is in the best equipment he has ever raced at SHR and even with a manufacturer change away from the brand he has raced his entire Cup career he won’t leave. So who would go to make room for Kimi. Danica Patrick! That’s right and guess where she is going? Hendrick Motorsports. Even better she will be taking over the 5 car from the underperforming Kasey Kahne, the same driver who hook her right rear fender and put her in the outside wall this past weekend at Fontana.
Those of you who are well informed will probably be saying something like, no way. Both Patrick and Kahne are signed with their current teams through 2018! So what? Are you unfamiliar with Rick Hendrick?
Danica Patrick is a good race car driver, a very good race car driver. She is also a marketing machine. She has had a connection to HMS since coming to NASCAR. Mr. Hendrick will make it work, he won’t let her get away. Kasey isn’t getting it done behind the wheel and he doesn’t have the power to make money while he doesn’t win, it will soon be time for him to go.
Danica will be behind the wheel of the 5 in 2017. She will also be in victory lane.