Danica Patrick to stop racing after next year's Indianapolis 500

Lynette Rowe
November 18, 2017

Despite never winning a race in her Monster Energy Cup Series career, Patrick achieved multiple milestones to cement her place in the sport's history.

Patrick's fame was launched in IndyCar, and her relationship with former sponsor GoDaddy made her one of the most recognizable female athletes anywhere, from Super Bowl commercials to race days in the green-and-black firesuit.

Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out, "What about Indy?"

Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but Chip Ganassi Racing is the likely ride at Indy.

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"I'm not totally done", Patrick said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Danica Patrick is in talks with NBC Sports to potentially join the network in the coming months, although her driving career might not quite be finished, two people with knowledge of her future plans told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. Her appearance in the race will be her first in seven years. Her best finish came in 2009, when she landed on the podium, finishing third. Her performance there won her the 2005 Rookie of the Year award for both the Indianapolis 500 as well as the full IndyCar season. She became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race when she won the Indy Japan 300 in 2008. Patrick plans to run in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 as a way to cap off her racing career. But I definitely was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I had never faced before.

Stewart also credits Patrick for helping him expand the Stewart-Haas Racing team to four cars. I feel like I should be doing this.

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