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Bigger Is Better: Danica Patrick Part of Richard Petty Motorsports’ Future?

After nearly closing shop at the end of the 2010 season, Richard Petty Motorsports is now planning to expand in 2012. Led by a group of financial investors, Richard Petty seized control of the organization prior to the start of the 2011 season. Although RPM was forced to downsize from four to two cars, Petty promptly secured sponsorship for drivers A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose. With sound financial footing, Petty and company have their eyes on some potential free agents.

The surprising name atop the list is Danica Patrick. Petty's investors want to make a splash, and putting Patrick behind the wheel of a Cup car would do just that. It's doubtful that any other organization will offer Patrick a full-time Cup ride in 2012, but ...

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