Danica Patrick Will Retire From Racing In 2018

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Beyond a possible TV deal, a person briefed on Patrick's 2018 strategy who is not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY Sports that Patrick is exploring a plan to run the biggest races in American motorsports next year: February's Daytona 500 and May's Indianapolis 500.

"I don't care if you remember me as a girl", Patrick said after wiping away tears at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.

After regaining her composure, Patrick said she would still race next season's Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, an IndyCar Series event. I feel like this is where my life should be headed, and sometimes we just get kind of nudged there. I've never had sponsor issues. "I'm excited for the next phase, trust me". "I think it's going to be a great way to cap it off". Then, she expects to call it a career.

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"We're looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy auto next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series". "So he said, "how about finishing up at Daytona" then I said "how about Indy" without even realizing what I said".

Patrick didn't reveal which teams she would drive for in 2018 but "nothing's final yet". The team is replacing her with Aric Almirola after Sunday's race. In 2015 and 2016, she finished the Cup Series season in 24th place, her best overall season finish. She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy auto racing in any capacity. Through 189 races she has seven top 10 finishes.