Danica Patrick has definitely toyed with our attention over the years, but like a little puppy, we’re always looking for something new to play with. Enter Natacha Gachnang, Formula 2’s new star.

The opening race of the new Formula 2 series in 2009 will give race fans a chance to see Natacha Gachnang, the talented (both on and off the track), Swiss-born rising star of the racing world. The 21-year-old driver has had an exciting career so far in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship, where she finished third overall. She also finished second in the Copa de España. Prior to her career in Formula 3 she was racing in the F3 Euro Series; the Austrian Formula 3 Series, where she finished fourth overall; and the U.S.-based Star Mazda series.

Formula 2 is a new international single-seater FIA sanctioned series, derived from an FIA initiative to provide young, talented drivers with the opportunity to compete in top-level racing on a competitive budget. The opening race of the inaugural championship begins in May 2009.

[via Natacha-Gachnang.ch, Formula 2]