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.”

Meyer Shank Racing wins Petit Le Mans to take final DPi championship in dramatic finale

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Meyer Shank Racing outdueled Wayne Taylor Racing to win the Petit Le Mans and clinch the championship in a thrilling final race for the DPi division.

Tom Blomqvist, who started from the pole position, drove the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 to a 4.369-second victory over Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac.

“That was incredible,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Matt Yocum. “I’ve never dug so deep in my life. The adrenaline. I did that for the guys. I was so motivated to win this thing this weekend. But I’ve got to thank everyone on the whole team.”

With co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves, Blomqvist helped MSR bookend its season-opening victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by winning Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Michelin Road Atlanta.

In between those two victories, the No. 60 earned five runner-up finishes to stay in the thick of the championship hunt and trail WTR’s No. 10 Acura by 14 points entering Saturday’s race.

WTR’s Filipe Albuquerque had a lead of more than 10 seconds over Blomqvist with less than 50 minutes remaining in the 10-hour race.

But a Turn 1 crash between the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillacs brought out a yellow that sent both Acuras into the pits from the top two positions.

Though he entered in second, Blomqvist barely beat Albuquerque out of the pits, and he held the lead for the final 45 minutes.

Blomqvist said he gained the lead because of a shorter fuel fill after he had worked on being efficient in the second-to-last stint.

“The team asked a big job of me with the fuel; I had a big fuel number to hit,” Blomqvist said. “We knew that was probably our only chance. The yellow came at the right time and obviously we had a bit less fuel to fill up, so I was able to jump him and then it was just a matter of going gung-ho and not leaving anything on the line. And obviously, the opposition had to try too hard to make it work. I’m so thankful.”

Albuquerque closed within a few car lengths of Blomqvist with 14 minutes remaining, but he damaged his suspension because of contact with a GT car in Turn 1.

It’s the first prototype championship for Meyer Shank Racing, which also won the 2021 Indy 500 with Castroneves.

“We’ve had in the last four years, three championships for Acura, the Indy 500 win and the Rolex 24, it doesn’t get any better,” team co-owner Mike Shank told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee.

It’s the third consecutive runner-up finish in the points standings for Wayne Taylor Racing, which won the first Daytona Prototype international championship in 2017. The premier category will be rebranded as the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with the LMDh cars that will establish a bridge to racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi finished third in the No. 48 Cadillac of Action Express that also includes Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller.

The podium showing marked Johnson’s last scheduled race in IMSA’s top prototype division. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has raced in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac lineup as the Action Express entry has run the Endurance Cup races.

Johnson said a lack of inventory will preclude him having a 2023 ride in the top category. But he still is hopeful of racing the Garage 56 Next Gen Camaro in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and possibly running in a lower class for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I’d love to be at Le Mans next year,” Johnson told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch after his final stint Saturday. “I’d love to be at the Rolex 24. The series is going through a shake-up with the reconfiguration of the rules and classes, so I don’t have anything locked down yet, but I’m so thankful for this experience with Action. The support Ally has given us, Mr. Hendrick, Chad Knaus, all of Hendrick Motorsports. It’s been a fun two years, and I certainly hope I’m on the grid again next year.”