Danica Patrick to retire after Daytona 500, Indy 500

Posted November 18, 2017

Patrick remains the sole female driver to earn pole in the NASCAR Cup Series. 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.

Again, however, much like the case is for her Daytona 500 effort, Patrick did not say the team for which she would be driving in the Indianapolis 500. I thought she'd go road racing or back to IndyCar or something along those lines, because I think that's where she can be successful. Patrick recently lost her NASCAR Cup seat at Stewart-Haas Racing to Aric Almirola for the 2018 season. It took her several months to accept that her career was essentially over after months of failing to line up sponsorship for next year. Her contract concludes after the season finale on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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It's hard to believe it's been six years since Danica last competed in the Indy 500, and we can't wait to see the excitement that will surround her return to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing!" Her best finish in the standings is 24th, which she pulled off in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. She became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race when she won the Indy Japan 300 in 2008. As far as her Indianapolis 500 history goes, she has driven in the race seven times with a top finish of 3rd in 2009 and just one finish outside of the top 10. Join the Beyond the Flag team!

After regaining her composure, Patrick said she would still race next season's Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, an IndyCar Series event.