Andretti Confident In Re-Signing Patrick

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SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Owner Michael Andretti is confident Andretti-Green Racing will re-sign Danica Patrick - perhaps soon.

Andretti says the sides are "close," and the owner gave Patrick a big hug and best wishes moments before the start of Sunday's 75-lap Sonoma Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway, the final road course event of the year.

Patrick is in the final year of her three-year IndyCar contract with Andretti-Green Racing. She has said she'll wait until the end of the season to solidify her next move. But she hasn't ruled out a switch to NASCAR, a series that would give the glamour girl tremendous earning potential in both salary, sponsorship and
marketing opportunities.