Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Danica Patrick crashes out of final race at Indianapolis 500

Danica Patrick crashes out of final race at Indianapolis 500

Danica Patrick's racing career came to a crashing end on Sunday when her auto slammed nose first into a wall before the midway point of Indianapolis 500.

During a 14-year career, evenly split between IndyCar and NASCAR, it was the Indy 500 that provided most of the material for Patrick's career highlight reel and made her one of North America's most recognizable athletes. She struggled to run up front despite driving for a powerhouse Stewart-Haas Racing team much of her career, and she wound up with just seven top-10 finishes.

Patrick finished 35th in the Daytona 500 earlier this year after crashing out of the race on Lap 101 of 207.

"I feel like it was pretty unexpected", Patrick said. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took to Twitter after the wreck to thank Patrick for her contributions to the sport.

Her day - and her career - might be coming to an end earlier than expected.

"But I kind of said before I came here that I feel like if it's a complete disaster - "complete" like as in not in the ballpark at all, look silly - then people might remember that". "He's been in his yellow suit - I don't think I've seen him out of his yellow suit since we got here this month". Bourdais had led at least one lap in every race this season, and led for the first time in his career at Indianapolis.

"I can't believe it!" he screamed in the winner's circle. "I wish I could have finished stronger".

And although Sunday marked the end of Patrick's dream of winning the Indy 500, she spoke fondly of her history on the track. And those high temperatures, along with the new aero kits used by cars this season, appeared to have a significant impact on the race, limiting passing and making the cars hard to control.

"I'll miss you, most of the time", she said. Ahead of Sunday's race, Patrick had a four lap average of about 228 miles per hour, earning her a top spot, starting in 7th at the beginning of the race. She was surrounded by autograph-seekers all month, and she got one of the loudest ovations during driver introductions Sunday. I'm grateful for all of it. She plans to focus on her business and entrepreneur opportunities in retirement. There are still a lot of great moments.

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