Danica Patrick will run 2018 Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, then retire

Danica Patrick will run 2018 Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, then retire

Danica Patrick announced Friday that she will retire from full-time racing next year after competing in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, according to The Associated Press.

After regaining her composure, Patrick said she would still race next season's Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, an IndyCar Series event. She stated that she was grateful for all the many opportunities and that it was an "honor" to compete at the highest level of racing. In her first Indy 500 appearance in 2005, she posted her best qualifying performance of fourth. She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy vehicle racing in any capacity.

The 35-year-old Patrick says once she accepted that then the idea of capping her run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway popped into her head.

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Patrick even came up with a name for her last two races as a pro driver: "The Danica Double". She has not yet announced which team she will drive for, but did say that she does not anticipate a return to NASCAR. She has seven other podiums and a fifth-place championship finish back in 2009.

"I don't care if you remember me as a girl", Patrick said after wiping away tears at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday. Her best finish in the standings is 24th, which she pulled off in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. That would make for a fitting end for the driver, who made history in NASCAR but rose to prominence in IndyCar. I feel like I should be doing this. I've never had sponsor issues.

Patrick will not be driving in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner Tony Stewart told AP.

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