Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500

Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500

Her eighth-placed finish in the 2013 Daytona 500 is the best finish by a woman in that race, which she started on pole.

"I don't necessarily feel like I was pushed into doing this, ' Patrick said while sobbing". Sometimes it's big nudges and sometimes it's little. "I'm excited for the next phase, trust me".

Patrick broke down in tears when she made the announcement ahead of this weekend's season-ending race at Homestead-Miami.

Graham Rahal, whose father Bobby ran Patrick in the Atlantic championship and the first two years of her IndyCar career, said recently that she would be welcome back at the Brickyard in an open-wheel vehicle.

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"We're looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy auto next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series". My plan is to be at Indy, and then I'm done.

The 35-year-old says she's "down the line" with a couple of teams and sponsors, but doesn't have anything to announce yet.

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.

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. As far as her Indianapolis 500 history goes, she has driven in the race seven times with a top finish of 3rd in 2009 and just one finish outside of the top 10.

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