Patrick set for Honda joyride in November

UPDATE #2 Nick Fry has denied reports that IndyCar race winner Danica Patrick is scheduled to test for Honda later this year. According to reports in the Austrian media, Fry has agreed to test Patrick, who claimed her breakthrough Indy victory in Japan earlier this year, when the F1 season ends in November.

"We will put her into our car after the season at the latest and see how quick she is," Fry reportedly told Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

The Honda CEO, though, has denied ever saying this, stating that there are no plans in place to test Patrick.

"There has been no contact between us," he told Autosport. "But if Danica did want to test one of our cars, we would be more than happy to speak to her about it."

06/08/08 A reader writes, Dear, When does Graham Rahal get his F1 test? He won his first IndyCar race on his first try with a first year team (took Danica over 50 tries and on the best team). He is the youngest IndyCar winner in history (higher potential long term upside). The race he won was on a road course while Danica's was on a "flat out" oval and F1 doesn't race on ovals. And he won his race on speed whereas Danica's was a fuel economy strategy win by her crew chief where the top 8 drivers all had to pit in the last 10 laps of the race. Truly this is a publicity stunt for Danica, the IRL, Honda and F1, which as a hard-core fan, disgusts me. D. Hughes, Atlanta, GA


Danica Patrick F1 bound?

Danica Patrick is likely to make her formula one test (read that PR stunt) debut later this year, the Honda team's chief executive Nick Fry has admitted.

Patrick, the 26-year-old American, said recently she is "dead set" on eventually joining the grand prix circus, following her recent breakthrough win in the IndyCar series.

Fry is quoted as telling Kronen Zeitung, Austria's largest newspaper, that a test for Patrick is likely to be held in November, after the close of the 2008 season.

"We will put her into our car after the season at the latest and see how quick she is," the Briton said.

Fry added that the winter test will probably take place at either Barcelona or Jerez, in Spain.

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By :