Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500

Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500

Jenna Fryer of the AP says that Patrick informed her that she will run the 2018 Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 and then call it a career.

Patrick's fame was launched in IndyCar, and her relationship with former sponsor GoDaddy made her one of the most recognisable female athletes in the world. She also has seven top-10 finishes and one career pole in 61 starts in the Xfinity Series.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver continued to get emotional as she expressed her gratitude to those who have helped her along the way. "I'm excited about the next phase, trust me". Let's end it with the Indy 500. I said I wouldn't.

Before moving to NASCAR, Patrick was the most successful woman to compete in American open-wheel racing and the only woman to ever win an IndyCar race. Sometimes we just get kind of nudged there.

Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I Love NY 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 6, 2017 in Watkins Glen, New York.

"I know I always said I'd never go back to Indy, and I was always being honest", she said.

Her highest finish at the Indy 500 was third in 2009.

Patrick has not officially announced what her plans are after her current contract, but, according to USA Today, she has had conversations about joining NBC Sports. I always thought in my head, 'Never, ' but I never said never because I know better. It took her several months to accept that her career was essentially over after months of failing to line up sponsorship for next year. If I don't feel like I can run better than where I am, then I don't want to do it. I have not poked and prodded and asked many questions; I have wanted all this to unfold naturally and what was going to be was going to be.

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