Danica finishing career in the Indy 500 is fitting, says IMS president

Danica Patrick cries he speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead Fla. Friday Nov. 17 2017

Danica Patrick might not be done racing in NASCAR - or even IndyCar, for that matter.

She has competed in 189 NASCAR races but never found Victory Lane, her best result was a sixth at Atlanta in 2014.

The decision comes after Patrick was unable to find a NASCAR arrangement for the 2018 season.

"I've never had sponsor issues", Patrick said.

"Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out, 'What about Indy?"




Before her move to stock cars, Patrick saw tons of success in IndyCar, becoming the first woman to win a race and being named the most popular driver from 2005-10.

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. Let's end it with the Indy 500.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

How will Danica Patrick perform in her lone NASCAR Cup Series race next season, the Daytona 500? Period. I was just emotional. "I mean, it's twice the field of Indy cars". I feel like there's a lot out of your control as a driver, and that's frustrating. "I think it's [racing in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500] going to be a great way to cap it off". It was announced that Patrick would be replaced by Aric Almirola in early November.

Patrick had been adamant she would never return to IndyCar or the 500, but changed her mind as she realized her competitive options were dwindling. I tried every approach, and, really, all that ended up happening was I lost my crew chief the first time around with Tony Gibson. "I said I wouldn't", she said. But I definitely was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I'd never faced before. I don't want to be remembered for the things that didn't go as well. "I don't care if your remember me as a girl".

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