‘What the (Blank)?’ — Danica Patrick opens up in new Q&A

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One day after future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter retired from the New York Yankees last October, he began the next phase of his life by debuting a new web site.

The premise was simple: a site about athletes, written and edited by athletes. And Jeter named it, appropriately enough, “ThePlayersTribune.com”.

One of the first “senior editors” Jeter “hired” was NASCAR star Danica Patrick.

Three months after her first column for TPT (where she talked about her relationship with fellow driver and love interest Ricky Stenhouse Jr.), Patrick is back with a new feature called “What the (Blank?)” – a fill-in-the-blanks kind of Q&A.

As TPT stated, “Just like on the first day of elementary school, we asked our athletes to answer 10 questions about themselves so you could get to know them better. Next up is Danica Patrick.”

It’s pretty clear Danica had fun with this little exercise.

We thought we’d give you some highlights, particularly as she let her hair down in a couple of answers, so to speak (her answers are in italic quotes):

* I am the best “hair model” on my team.

* My biggest nightmare is “split ends and failing at anything.”

* “California” is my favorite road city.

* If my entire team participated in a Royal Rumble, the last (wo)man standing would be “I really think me.”

Those are just appetizers. There’s six more questions and Danica’s answers.

Click here to check out the rest.

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Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.