The end for Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick to end racing career at next year’s Indy 500

Trail-blazing United States motorsport driver Danica Patrick confirmed Friday she will retire from racing next year after competing in the Indianapolis 500 for the last time.

The first woman in history to win a Verizon IndyCar Series race has announced plans to retire. It was announced that Patrick would be replaced by Aric Almirola in early November. Howe, er Patrick will compete in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 next year before she retires from racing, according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.

Over five years in NASCAR's highest level, Patrick finished in the top 10 seven times and has spent the majority of her career either in an alliance with or driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. "My sister said I wasn't supposed to get emotional".

"I was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I had never faced before", said Patrick. "But I'm grateful for all the opportunities", Patrick said at a press conference on Friday where she frequently choked up. I'm going to do the Daytona 500 next year and the Indy 500.

"What I've always wanted is to just be remembered as a great driver, then remembered as a girl", said Patrick. "Maybe. I had to pretty quickly face the music of, 'what if this is the end?'"

Her biggest success in NASCAR came in 2013 when she grabbed the Daytona 500 pole.

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

Patrick explained that her struggle to attract sponsors for the 2018 season had prompted her to start thinking about retirement.

In IndyCar, Danica won one race, in Japan in 2008, and her best finish in the Indy 500 is third in 2009. Perez of USA Today, representatives for Patrick and NBC have had discussions about her joining the network's NASCAR coverage. "I feel like I should be doing this", she explained.

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