Danica Patrick Is Done With Full-Time Racing

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

Patrick, 35, told media in Homestead today that this is her final season as a fulltime racer but that she aims to compete in February's Daytona 500 and May's 102 Indianapolis 500.

In 2005, Patrick became only the fourth woman to start the Indy 500, qualifying fourth, leading laps, and finishing fourth.

The races? The Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons. By the time Danica Patrick turned 16, she was on her own in Europe, pursuing a racing career.

Since coming to NASCAR, Patrick had a best finish of sixth at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2014.

Following Sunday's race in Homestead, Danica plans to step away from full-time competition.

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Stewart also credits Patrick for helping him expand the Stewart-Haas Racing team to four cars. It was announced that Patrick would be replaced by Aric Almirola in early November.

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.

"I don't feel like I was necessarily pushed into this. I think it's [racing in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500] going to be a great way to cap it off". But I definitely was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I had never faced before.

Patrick's fame was launched in IndyCar, and her relationship with former sponsor GoDaddy made her one of the most recognizable female athletes anywhere, from Super Bowl commercials to race days in the green-and-black firesuit.

"I think we heard I could TV, but right now, no", Patrick said. It's 40 cars instead of 20, basically. You see me as really (expletive) tough. "I want to be remembered for the things that went well".

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