Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500

Rosalie Stanley
November 18, 2017

She raced hard, sparred with her rivals off the track and rarely flinched while becoming one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.

Again, however, much like the case is for her Daytona 500 effort, Patrick did not say the team for which she would be driving in the Indianapolis 500.

Danica Patrick will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to race in the 2018 Indianapolis 500. "I think it's [racing in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500] going to be a great way to cap it off".

Patrick, 35, revealed the news Friday at a news conference and was emotional just seconds into it.

The AP reported her likely Indianapolis 500 team will be Chip Ganassi Racing and the race will be her last one.

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Despite never winning a race in her Monster Energy Cup Series career, Patrick achieved multiple milestones to cement her place in the sport's history.

While she has been racing for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2012, she will not be representing the team at the Daytona 500 in February. "I mean, it's twice the field of Indy cars". In the meantime, her fans know that if all goes according to plan, they'll be able to see her race Sunday at Homestead and then in the two biggest contests of 2018 before they bid her adieu. I feel like there's a lot out of your control as a driver, and that's frustrating. Danica's career in IndyCar was with Honda power and her first-and only-IndyCar win came with Andretti at Twin-Ring Motegi in 2008.

Patrick had been adamant she would never return to IndyCar or the 500, but changed her mind as she realized her competitive options were dwindling. "Especially with me and the sponsor situation".

"It made me think about things and so I'm excited about the next phase".

"I was like, shoot, nothing really works". "I don't care if your remember me as a girl".

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