The talented and beautiful Danica Patrick choosing to remain in the IndyCar Series is indeed sad news for the rest of the world. Now that the first lady to win an Indy race has commited to a multi-year deal with Andretti Autosport to tie her to the US-based series, the rumours of her joining the F1 circus will finally be over. Also over is our dreams of seeing her sweat it out in Sepang and race in our part of the world.

Miss Patrick joined Michael Andretti’s team in 2007 and gained respect by becoming the first woman ever to win an IndyCar Series event at the 2008 Japan Indy 300. She was on the podium again at the 2009 Indianapolis 500. This season, the 27-year old finished fifth in the IndyCar Series championship, a career best, proving that she’s still on the rise.

Looks like we’ll have to hope for a Tissot (the watch brand she endorses) event/launch to get a glimpse of the world’s most famous female driver on our shores!