Danica Patrick Will Retire From Racing In 2018

Ruben Hill
November 18, 2017

She was the first woman to lead laps in the storied race when she led 19 as a rookie.

Danica Patrick announced on Friday that 2017 will be her final full-time NASCAR season, although she will still run the Daytona 500 and make a return to the Indy 500 in 2018.

Patrick's contract with Stewart-Haas Racing will come to an end on Sunday after the season-ending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami, and Aric Almirola will be the new driver for the No. 10 Ford.

"I've never had sponsor issues", Patrick said. It made me think about things. She competed in the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011, when she moved full time to NASCAR. She has seven other podiums and a fifth-place championship finish back in 2009. I'd been going through this in my head and kept asking myself, "How am I going to get the words out and say it's over?" "I'm excited about the next phase, trust me".

Danica Patrick is in talks with NBC Sports to potentially join the network in the coming months, although her driving career might not quite be finished, two people with knowledge of her future plans told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

Patrick would not reveal who she planned to drive with for these races, however, the Associated Press notes that Chip Ganassi Racing may offer her a drive at Indy, and she will not be returning to drive with Stewart-Haas for Daytona. I thought she'd go road racing or back to IndyCar or something along those lines, because I think that's where she can be successful. She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy vehicle racing in any capacity.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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