Nov 16, 2012; Homestead, FL, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick during practice for the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Danica Patrick to Turner Motorsports, Kasey Kahne to JR Motorsports

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Danica Patrick is back in the news…well when hasn’t she been in the news!? After completing her first full-time season in the Nationwide Series and finishing 10th in the overall point standings, Patrick announced that she would be leaving JR Motorsports for a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride with Stewart-Haas Racing.

While moving forward with a full-time Sprint Cup ride, Patrick wanted to remain in the Nationwide Series in a part-time capacity. GoDaddy.com will be joining Patrick in the #38 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet for 10 races beginning with the season opening race at Daytona.

In effect, Kasey Kahne while nothing official has been announced, will be swapping rides essentially with Patrick and moving over to his Sprint Cup Series teammate’s (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) team, JR Motorsports racing in a limited schedule in the #88 shared with Earnhardt with support from Great Clips.

JRM hired the experienced Regan Smith in the fall for the 2013 campaign to get the team back in championship form. Smith who won his first race with the team at Miami will be contending for the Nationwide Series while driving a limited schedule for Phoenix Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Because of the lack of sponsorship Cole Whitt had to be released. No word if Whitt will drive some limited races in the shared ride between Earnhardt and Kahne yet.

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