‘Danica Double’ complete as Patrick’s racing career comes to end

Casey Dawson
May 28, 2018

Danica Patrick crashed in her final Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, bringing an end to her racing career.

After qualifying P7 and running towards the front through the first 100 miles, Patrick's race ended after a crash on lap 68 of 200.

Patrick was able to lift herself out of the auto and walked away from the crash.

She took her helmet off and walked to the emergency vehicle for the mandatory ride to the infield medical center. "I wish I could have finished stronger". 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.

Afterward, Powers shared another reason why he didn't want to chug but still had a sip, joking: "I'm not supposed to eat dairy, but I didn't care".

Patrick, 36, had those same thoughts as she returned to Indianapolis after her 2005 debut at the track that sparked her career. Patrick started the race seventh and ran inside the top 16 before getting loose and hitting the wall on Lap 67. She's raced in NASCAR for seven years, and announced her retirement last year. Castroneves was going for a record-tying fourth victory in the 500. That put her in good company, as she finished ahead of three-time victor Helio Castroneves and a number of other Indy 500 winners.

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Still, she is respected and, in some cases, revered at Indianapolis, where fans remember her leading the 2009 race before finishing third.

May 27, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick (13) crashes during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It just didn't come on race day. "I feel like collapsing".

As she moves away from racing, Patrick has her Warrior clothing line, Somnium wine and her latest book Pretty Intense - a nutrition and fitness guide -to fill her time previously spent racing.

"Please, Roger, let me go back", Castroneves said after stepping out of his vehicle.

And although Sunday marked the end of Patrick's dream of winning the Indy 500, she spoke fondly of her history on the track. "But for that to really be the reality of your entire career is really silly", Patrick told Jacobson. "I mean, to finish up at a place that has so many good memories for me, and at the biggest race of the year for Indy cars and arguably the biggest race of the year, period". "We'll certainly take a good luck at that for sure", Penske said.

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