Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500

Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500

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

Danica Patrick will not race full-time after the conclusion of the current NASCAR season, but the celebrated driver will race in the 2018 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 before she wraps up her racing career. In her first Indy 500 appearance in 2005, she posted her best qualifying performance of fourth. "I think it's gonna be a great way to cap (my racing career) off". "I'm excited about the next phase, trust me".

Before moving to NASCAR, Patrick was the most successful woman to compete in American open-wheel racing and the only woman to ever win an IndyCar race. Her best finish in the standings has been 24th place, which she achieved in both 2015 and 2016.

"I feel like I should be doing this", Patrick said after regaining her composure.

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Patrick did not qualify for the NASCAR playoffs this season, and she has only led seven laps this season. "Well, things change. I know now you can never say never".

While she has been racing for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2012, she will not be representing the team at the Daytona 500 in February.

But this seems right, and this seems good.. She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy auto racing in any capacity.

A new TV deal will not be unfamiliar territory for Patrick, who appeared in several commercials for Go Daddy in the early days of her driving career, and she also was a pit reporter in June for an Xfinity Series race that aired on Fox Sports 1.