Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500

Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500”

While she won't have a full-time ride in the Cup Series next season, Patrick will still be driving in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18th, 2018, although she did not say the team for which she would be driving.

While it was also widely believed that Patrick would never drive in IndyCar again following her leaving the sport after the 2011 season, she will be ending her racing career following her run in the 2018 Indianapolis 500, the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing".

I know I always said I'd never go back to Indy, and I was always being honest. "But it made me think about things, and so I'm excited about the next phase, trust me".

Patrick said it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over. Let's end it with the Indy 500.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Danica Patrick never struggled to find sponsors until 2017 forcing her to consider her options in motorsport
ANDREW WEBER GETTY IMAGES Danica Patrick never struggled to find sponsors until 2017 forcing her to consider her options in motorsport

How will Danica Patrick perform in her lone NASCAR Cup Series race next season, the Daytona 500?

While Patrick never won a top-level championship in IndyCar or NASCAR, she became one of the most visible women in racing and a role model to girls everywhere who suddenly saw that they, too, can fit into the racing world. Through 189 races she has seven top 10 finishes. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons.

Danica Patrick will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to race in the 2018 Indianapolis 500. 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. I feel like I should be doing this.

Patrick races with Stewart-Haas Racing. I've never had sponsor issues.

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