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Patrick to race Daytona, Indy 500s before retiring

18 November, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Danica Patrick wipes away tears as 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

But her racing career will not end following the "Great American Race". I've never had sponsor issues.

Patrick is the only woman to have led laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. "I think it's [racing in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500] going to be a great way to cap it off".

Patrick would not reveal who she planned to drive with for these races, however, the Associated Press notes that Chip Ganassi Racing may offer her a drive at Indy, and she will not be returning to drive with Stewart-Haas for Daytona. She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy vehicle racing in any capacity.

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

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Patrick admitted that coming into the 2017 season, she faced something she never had to face before - sponsorship woes. Her best finish this season was 10th at Dover, Del. And how will she do in her final race ever and her first IndyCar race in seven seasons, the Indianapolis 500, just three months later? "I mean, it's twice the field of Indy cars".

"I don't feel like I was necessarily pushed into this". The team is replacing her with Aric Almirola after Sunday's race. She won her only IndyCar race in 2008 in Japan and while she won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, she finished eighth. I tried every approach, and, really, all that ended up happening was I lost my crew chief the first time around with Tony Gibson.

"It's super competitive", Patrick said. "Especially with me and the sponsor situation. I said I wouldn't", she said. It made me think about things.

Patrick spent seven years as an IndyCar driver before making the move to NASCAR in 2012. "I don't care if your remember me as a girl".

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