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

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

She plans to race in both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500 next season.

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. "I think it's gonna be a great way to cap (my racing career) off".

Patrick did not qualify for the NASCAR playoffs this season, and she has only led seven laps this season.

Her highest finish at the Indy 500 was third in 2009.

The 35-year-old Patrick first broke onto the scene in 2005, where she became the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year along with the IndyCar Series season Rookie of the Year.

Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out, "What about Indy?" "Well, things change. I know now you can never say never".

Since Patrick announced in September that she would not be back with Stewart-Haas Racing, there has been some speculation as to what career move she will make next.

Patrick did not disclose which team (s) she will join to race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, but said she was "down the line" with several teams and an announcement would come later. And trust me, I lost my (stuff) a few times over that.

I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get. Patrick was an easy sell for years to sponsors as racing's most visible woman driver. She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy vehicle racing in any capacity.

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