Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Indianapolis 500: Danica Patrick crashes out in final race of her career

Indianapolis 500: Danica Patrick crashes out in final race of her career

Patrick crashed on Lap 68 of the race, disabling her vehicle but leaving her unhurt.

"Today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want for your last race", Patrick said during an in-race interview with ABC.

Announcing last November that she would retire, Patrick planned to bring down the curtain on her career with the "Danica double", contesting the Daytona and Indy 500s.

"I was wondering if I would ever win it and thoughts when through my mind during the month, my career", he said. I will say, though, that for sure I'm very grateful for everybody for being able to finish it up like I wanted to.

"I think all of my life I've kind of felt like you're only as good as your last race".

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IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick prior to the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. One of her breakout moments came 13 years ago with a fourth-place finish at the 2005 Indy 500, and she regularly competed at the event through 2011. She was the first woman to win an IndyCar race and her deal with Stewart-Haas in 2013 made her the first woman to get a full-time ride at NASCAR's top level. Lots of fun to follow her whole career. And if I win, people will remember that. It just didn't come on race day.

"Man, I just can't believe it", the 37-year-old Australian exclaimed after his winning finish.

As she moves away from racing, Patrick has her Warrior clothing line, Somnium wine and her latest book Pretty Intense - a nutrition and fitness guide -to fill her time previously spent racing. Today feels heavy, but only because the chapter finishing has meant so much to me.

"We were one of the two most consistent guys, day-in, day-out". "I saw an opportunity, that's the time to go, but misjudged a little bit the tires".

Her crash was third in 20 laps of the race, which also took out defending champion Takuma Sato on lap 48 after running into the back of James Davison in Turn 4. ("Please Roger, can I come back", he pleaded with team owner Penske in his television interview.) Fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan, another former victor who had the lead early in the afternoon, later lost control in turn two and also exited the race.

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