Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
Since the end of last season, fans have known that Danica Patrick would be competing in several NASCAR races this year, with the Daytona 500 being one of them. However, as she has not raced before, she would have to qualify for the Daytona 500 like anybody else through speed tests.
Unless, of course, her team found a way to swap points with another racer. That's possible due to a provision that allows NASCAR teams to transfer qualification points between drivers. Stewart-Haas Racing, Patrick's team, recently announced that it has set up a deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) to transfer points from Dave Blaney's No. 36 car to Patrick.
Blaney finished in the top 35 in owner's points last season, which guaranteed him entry to the Dayton 500. Now, those points will go to Patrick, and Blaney will have to qualify on his own. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but teams can exchange points for just about any reason, including cash. TBR likely feels that Blaney will qualify anyways based on speed, and thus sold off the points to Stewart-Haas to ensure Patrick's presence in the race.