Danica Patrick ends racing career with crash at Indy 500

Danica Patrick ends racing career with crash at Indy 500

Danica Patrick's racing career came to a crashing end on Sunday when her vehicle slammed nose first into a wall before the midway point of Indianapolis 500.

"Today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want for your last race", Patrick said during an in-race interview with ABC.

"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". "'I think I am going to win this.' Unbelievable".

It's just his day. "I couldn't stop screaming". Patrick became the first woman to clinch a pole position and holds the most starts, laps led and top-tens for a woman in the Cup Series in NASCAR. "I will say that I'm for sure very grateful for everybody and for being able to finish it up like I wanted to". Thankfully, ESPN is streaming on-board coverage of Patrick throughout Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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"I didn't feel like it was too hot", veteran Scott Dixon said. He is the only active driver with three Indy 500 wins and has been eager to get a fourth. If I win, people will remember that. One last strong showing in Indianapolis would be a nice sendoff for one of the most important women in auto racing history. "I don't know if we have a tampering rule in IndyCar, but congrats Will". Power now has 34 IndyCar wins.

"He was so determined for this one", she said.

While there was plenty of disappointment in Patrick's words there was not a hint of regret, having been steadfast in the buildup to Sunday's race she would not get behind the wheel again and had no interest in being involved as an owner or mentor to young racers. Sebastien Bourdais, three-time victor Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan also lost control and wrecked. The race capped her "Danica Double", which began at the Daytona 500, where she also crashed out well short of the finish. "But we had some good moments". But all three needed enough gas to get to the finish line, and it was Power who was frantically chasing them down. Defending race victor Takuma Sato crashed out just shy of the race's one-quarter mark after tangling with the much slower machine of James Davison. Kanaan's crash with 12 laps remaining set up a final restart with Oriol Servia out front.

As far as swan songs go February's Daytona 500 was a bust ending in a wreck.

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