Unable to fight back tears during an impromptu press conference, Danica Patrick announced on Friday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway that this weekend would conclude her final full-time season as a racing driver. She plans to race in both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500 next season.
Patrick has driven in 189 career Cup Series races since her career in the sport began in 2012, and she has a top finish of 6th place at Atlanta in 2014 with six other top 10 finishes and one career pole. She competed in the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011, when she moved full time to NASCAR. It took her several months to accept that her career was essentially over after months of failing to line up sponsorship for next year.
Patrick says she will participate in the 60th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in February.
Patrick even came up with a name for her last two races as a pro driver: "The Danica Double".
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Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but Chip Ganassi Racing is the likely ride at Indy.
Patrick will not be driving in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner Tony Stewart told AP. Her best finish in the standings was 5th, which she pulled off in the 2009 season. Her best finish in the standings is 24th, which she pulled off in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
The first woman in history to win a Verizon IndyCar Series race has announced plans to retire.
"I don't feel like I was necessarily pushed into this".