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But a deal with Stewart-Haas Racing isn't a slam dunk.
For starters, Stewart doesn't even have a Nationwide Series team right now. Since that's where Patrick should start, Stewart would either have to quickly put a team together or align with an owner who currently has a suitable program. The latter isn't difficult -- he could partner with Kevin Harvick Inc. or JR Motorsports, two teams that enjoy giving upstart drivers seat time. Plus, Stewart already drives some for KHI and is to race for JRM later this season.
Then there's a question of financing. Although Stewart has done very well in his first season as NASCAR team co-owner, he still hasn't sold all of teammate Ryan Newman's Cup car.
And there's Stewart pressing list of priorities: Get Newman into the Chase, become the first driver/owner to win a championship since Alan Kulwicki in 1992 and continue bringing in new partners since somebody has to pay the bills on all his ventures.
Of course, none of that rules Stewart out of the mix. He'd love to pull off a deal with Patrick and add that to his growing resume of business projects.
In some shape or form, she's on her way, and it may be as soon as next year. Putting together the right package to bring her to NASCAR won't be easy, but somebody is going to figure it out. And soon.
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