Danica Patrick to stop racing after next year's Indianapolis 500

Arnold Nichols
November 18, 2017

Former IndyCar and current NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has announced that 2017 will be her final season of full-time motorsports competition.

How will Danica Patrick perform in her lone NASCAR Cup Series race next season, the Daytona 500? In her first Indy 500 appearance in 2005, she posted her best qualifying performance of fourth. It took her several months to accept that her career was essentially over after months of failing to line up sponsorship for next year. Patrick moved from IndyCar to NASCAR after the 2011 season, and has been racing Cup cars for SHR since 2012.

Patrick says she will participate in the 60th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in February.

Expect there to be plenty of thought pieces about Patrick and her legacy over the months to come.

Patrick would not reveal who she planned to drive with for these races, however, the Associated Press notes that Chip Ganassi Racing may offer her a drive at Indy, and she will not be returning to drive with Stewart-Haas for Daytona. Through 189 races she has seven top 10 finishes. Her highest finish was third in 2009, and she was the first woman to lead laps in the race when she paced the field for 19 trips around the Brickyard as a rookie. But I definitely was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I had never faced before. She won her only IndyCar race in 2008 in Japan and while she won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, she finished eighth. I feel like I should be doing this.

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