Danica Patrick in 'go-with-the-flow' mode on racing in 2018


Mike Hembree, Special for USA TODAY Sports
Published 6:20 p.m. ET Oct. 11, 2017

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Danica Patrick said Wednesday she hopes to continue racing next year, although she doesn’t have an agreement with a team.

Patrick announced in September that she won’t return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season.

“For me, it’s obviously figuring out what to do next and how it looks,” Patrick said Wednesday on NBC’s NASCAR America. “If I‘m going to race for another team; if I’m going to keep going; if I’m not. All that stuff is getting figured out right now.”

Patrick does not have a major sponsor to deliver to another team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series right now.

“I’m very open-minded,” she said. “With anything in life you can’t force things to happen. You can force, but you pay the price at some point in time.

“I’m in a go-with-the-flow mode. What comes will come. It’s going to be great. It’s going to all be wonderful.”

More: Analysis: What’s next for Danica Patrick?

She said again that she won’t continue to drive if she can’t find a quality ride.

“If I continue, it’s going to be with an opportunity that gives me a chance to win,” she said. “I hold myself to the highest standard of racing for the best team and having a chance to win and going up and winning. And everybody else did, too.

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“I looked at it like everyone kept seeing me that way. I feel like it’s a positive. Everyone believes I can win like I believe I can win. So not doing it feels unfortunate.”

Patrick, 35, won an IndyCar race in Japan in 2008. She won the Daytona 500 pole in 2013 but has not challenged for a NASCAR victory.

She finished 24th in Cup points in 2015 and 2016 and is 28th this season entering Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Patrick launched her clothing line Warrior by Danica earlier this year and her healthy lifestyle book Pretty Intense hits shelves Dec. 26.

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