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Whoops! Did Danica Patrick let it slip that she’ll race in Indy 500 for Ed Carpenter Racing?

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Loose lips supposedly sink ships – but they also may have inadvertently revealed which IndyCar team Danica Patrick will race for in May’s Indianapolis 500.

Patrick was at NASCAR Media Day Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway when she was asked about how she’ll transition from racing in The Great American Race this Sunday to the 102d running of The Greatest Spectacle In Racing at Indy on May 27, slated to be the final race in Patrick’s long and varied motorsports career.

Apparently she’s put all her energy thus far into her last NASCAR race because she followed with a slip of the tongue.

“I didn’t have time to meet up with Ed and the people … did I say that? Whoops. I’ve never done that in my career.”

If you think about it, Carpenter is the only “Ed” among major IndyCar owners. What other conclusion can be drawn?

Patrick announced Monday that her Indy 500 plans are complete, but she left out the biggest detail – which team and team owner she’d race for.

Carpenter told the Indianapolis Star late last week during the open IndyCar test in Phoenix that while no deal had been struck yet with Patrick, he did confirm he has been talking to her and her representatives about a possible partnership.

Will Danica Patrick race for Ed Carpenter Racing in this year’s Indianapolis 500? It sure seems that way. (Photo: Getty Images)

“Yeah, there’s conversations that have taken place and are taking place,” Carpenter told the Indy Star. It’s just, timing is always the hardest thing.

“We’ll see what happens. I know Daytona is coming up and I’m sure that’s her focus is there right now. … We’ll see how it plays out.”

Carpenter does not appear to be concerned at the potential media circus that would surround her racing for him in the 500, much like last year’s juggernaut around F1 driver Fernando Alonso.

If anything, Patrick racing for ECR would be a huge boost for Carpenter’s own operation not only on-track, but also off-track with souvenirs and the like.

“There are a lot of positives that I see in having a program that would involve Danica and being a part of her final race,” Carpenter told The Star. “(The month of) May in general is pretty crazy. There‘s so much going on.

“Managing your time and focus is always key, so I think those challenges would be the same, maybe just under a bigger microscope. But that challenge of maintaining our focus and sticking to the gameplan is the same every year.”

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.