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Danica Patrick to run Dan Wheldon tribute car at Texas

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Danica Patrick's car in Saturday's Nationwide race will pay tribute to the memory of Dan Wheldon, who was killed in an IndyCar crash at Las Vegas on Oct. 16.

Patrick's car will have Wheldon's "Lionheart" logo on the hood and also advertise the Dan Wheldon Memorial website. Patrick's sponsor, GoDaddy, helped set up the Wheldon tribute site; Wheldon was set to replace Patrick at Andretti Autosport in 2012 as Patrick moves full-time to NASCAR.

Danica will also be wearing a special helmet for the race instead of her normal American flag-themed one and the helmet will be auctioned off to benefit a trust for Wheldon's two young children.

The auction benefiting the trust was started when Graham Rahal announced that he was going to auction off his Vegas helmet for Wheldon's kids. The gesture then mushroomed rapidly as donations started to stream in, and the online bidding has raised over $200,000 so far.

Patrick's short-term Sprint Cup future will also be known on Friday, as she and Stewart-Haas Racing are expected to reveal her limited Sprint Cup schedule in anticipation of her full season debut in 2013.

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