Danica Patrick Mulling Indy 500, Daytona 500 Runs In 2018 — NASCAR Rumors

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
Danica Patrick done as a full-time driver, will drive Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 2018
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18 November, 2017

An emotional Danica Patrick announced Friday that she would not be returning to NASCAR as a full-time driver next season. Her best finish this season was 10th at Dover, Del.

Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I Love NY 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 6, 2017 in Watkins Glen, New York. However, she couldn't shake the idea of ending it back at one of the races that catapulted her to fame: the Indianapolis 500.

"I don't necessarily feel like I was pushed into doing this, ' Patrick said while sobbing".

Patrick was emotional during the announcement, and her family there with her was also in tears.

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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.

"I think we heard I could TV, but right now, no", Patrick said. She is being replaced after Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Aric Almirola. Her highest finish was third in 2009, and she was the first woman to lead laps in the race when she paced the field for 19 trips around the Brickyard as a rookie. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons.

Before moving to NASCAR, Patrick was the most successful woman to compete in American open-wheel racing and the only woman to ever win an IndyCar race.

While she has been racing for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2012, she will not be representing the team at the Daytona 500 in February. I've never had sponsor issues.


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