The questions won't stop for Danica Patrick.
Until the Roscoe native decides whether to leave the IZOD IndyCar Series and her team, Andretti Autosport, full-time for NASCAR once her contract expires this year, Patrick likely will be asked about her future plans at every race, as she was Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in advance of Saturday's STP 300.
"There isn't a decision today, there's no announcement today and there probably won't be for many months," Patrick said. "This is the kind of thing that takes a lot of time and I don't really know exactly what's going on at this point."
But Patrick, who will be racing in her first Nationwide Series event since March 19, said the speculation doesn't bother her.
"In the positive sense, I'm really flattered people want to know that badly and people are that curious, so that's the real positive about it," Patrick said. "But the negative is that I don't have anything to say."
Getting gray: Nationwide points leader Elliott Sadler said he noticed Chicagoland has changed over the last few years.
"The track is very gray," Sadler said. "It's starting to age, staring to get bumpy, starting to gain its own characteristics as a racetrack."
Overall, that is positive for the track, he added.
"That's good for racing," Sadler said. "Things that worked here two years ago, three years ago or four years ago will not work now."
Grand Marshal Idonije: Bears defensive end Israel Idonije will be the Grand Marshal of Saturday's race.
"To say the coveted words 'Drivers start your engines' is very exciting, and I'm looking forward to taking in all the racing action," Idonije said in a statement.