Danica Patrick’s driving career over 68 laps into Indy 500

Saul Bowman
May 28, 2018

The mood was much different for Danica Patrick as her final Indy 500 ended on the 68th lap when she crashed her vehicle in Turn 2.

As Power held off pole victor Ed Carpenter to win his first Indy 500, the 81-year-old Penske pumped his fist in the air and clapped for his driver.

"I didn't really want (to be here)", Patrick said.

"I've had a lot of good fortune here and had some here this month".

"I have plenty of things to keep me busy and that's just what is happening now and doesn't include what I want to do". "But I'm grateful for all of it. Wish I could have finished stronger".

Speaking with ESPN ahead of Sunday's race, Patrick said, "when I'm done racing I hope people remember me as a great driver and I think it starts there". The day is also known for its many traditions, including the signing of "Back Home Again in IN", which will be performed by Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison, and the victor of the race chugging milk on victory lane. That put her in good company, as she finished ahead of three-time victor Helio Castroneves and a number of other Indy 500 winners. "I've had so many wins, so many poles". It just didn't come on race day.


I said I was proud of him. "It's just fantastic." Power extended team owner Roger Penske's record of 17 wins in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing", and it completed a sweep of May in Indianapolis for him. "But we had some good moments".

It's always great to be at Indy, but today was a particularly cool day, seeing Will win.

Castroneves was running near the front before his crash. But all three needed enough gas to get to the finish line, and it was Power who was frantically chasing them down.

Among other drivers who exited due to mishaps were three-time victor Helio Castroneves (lap 147) and 2013 victor Tony Kanaan (188). According to the National Weather Service, it was 91 degrees at the track - the second-hottest Indy 500 on record after hitting 92 degrees in 1937 - but drinking the milk is tradition.

Patrick became the fourth driver to retire from Sunday's 500-mile race after James Davison and last year's Indy-winner Takuma Sato collided early on.

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