HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Danica Patrick offered her strongest hint yet that she's returning to the IndyCar series in 2010.
Patrick's future has been the subject of incessant speculation for months, and she won't confirm reports that she's agreed to a three-year extension with Andretti Green Racing through 2012.
But after finishing 19th in Saturday's IRL-season-ending Indy 300, Patrick said, "We know what we need to do, and we'll be ready for next year."
Patrick finished a career-best fifth in the IRL standings this season. She is exploring some possibilities with NASCAR as well.