Danica doesn't fancy F1

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

At the risk of overplaying the Danica card -- wait a minute you can't overplay the lovely and talented Danica Patrick.

This week, she's again in the news after telling the Los Angeles Times that she has little or no interest in racing in Formula One -- no matter what team comes calling.

She was all been-there, done-that, about it when queried about the prospects of her linking up with the US F-1 team, which is planning to join Bernie Ecclestone's travelling circus in 2010.

And, of course, by that time Patrick will be free of her contract with Andretti Green Racing.

"I've had opportunities to take it a step further with Formula One, and I don't want to lead anyone down a path," she told the Times. "It's not in my heart to go there. I've explored Europe before.

"I particularly like to be here and I like my family and I like my friends and I like my creature comforts of my home country."

Start waving the flag and put on some John Philip Sousa, this girl is ready for a second helping of apple pie and probably one of Tony Stewart's Chevrolets.

While Patrick is in Edmonton to try to win her first road course race at the Rexall Edmonton Indy, she also has been playing footsie with Stewart Haas Racing, where the aforementioned Stewart has hinted broadly he'd like to expand his NASCAR Sprint Cup team to three cars next season.

She also is being courted -- none to subtlety -- by Chip Ganassi for a possible third car at IndyCar's Ganassi Racing.

That would make it three teams in five seasons for the 27-year-old native of Roscoe, Ill.

Be that what it may, the bottom line -- and that folks is what all this dancing is all about -- is that Patrick is in the enviable position of being able to choose her suitors.

As she told the Times: "At the end of the day the team has to make sense, the deal has got to make sense; the progression has to make sense.

"I might race IndyCar and never go to NASCAR at all. I'm not really sure right now. We'll see."

We will see, indeed.

Mayfield ad finitum

Almost everything that comes out of NASCAR -- or from any of the suits in either the IRL or F-1 -- is subject to the smell test in this corner.

So when the France family compact jumped on Jeremy Mayfield with both feet after a drug test allegedly showed him testing positive for methamphetamine our olfactory system detected a predictably foul odour.

But since that first scent, it has become increasingly evident that Mayfield -- the one-time heir apparent of Rusty Wallace at Penske Racing -- is acting as suspicious as a cat beside an empty canary cage.

Greg Engle, a regular contributor at examiner.com on all things NASCAR, laid out a pretty convincing set of facts about Mayfield's latest flunked test.

"He dodged the test for nearly seven hours. He made repeated phone calls to the testing site asking for directions, and then didn't show," Engle wrote. "He then made calls asking that he be allowed to test at a clinic of his own choosing because he couldn't find the one provided by officials.

"NASCAR finally sent testers and security to his home to get a sample. And yet they still had to wait for another hour for him to show.

"So was the delay by Mayfield just because he's that dumb, or because the longer you wait, the more water you can drink, the more chance you have to dilute the test results?"

This one may drag on until Mayfield has spent every dime he ever made in a pretty decent NASCAR career on lawyers. By which time, the folks in France land still will be counting the take from this week's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Finish lines

Reigning F-1 champ Lewis Hamilton tells the London, England, Sun that "trying NASCAR" is something he would give serious thought to if the situation arose ... The Indy Racing League and Indianapolis Motor Speedway lost a key executive this week when IMS president and COO Joie Chitwood announced he's leaving the Hulman-George family business to join with NASCAR's France family business -- the International Speedway Corporation -- as vice-president of business operations ... With Roush Fenway Racing being forced to drop one of its five NASCAR Sprint Cup teams starting in 2010, speculation is that David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 Ford Fusion, will be shuttled over to Yates Racing as a satellite operation.


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