Patrick's heralded career comes to close with Indy 500 crash

Patrick's heralded career comes to close with Indy 500 crash

Javier Howell
May 28, 2018

This year's Indy 500 was set to be the final race of Patrick's career.

During lap 68 of the race, Patrick lost control and hit the outer wall before sliding across the track, hitting the interior wall, and finally coming to a stop on the grass, the AP reports.

The 36-year-old American climbed out of the vehicle and appeared uninjured but was taken to the medical centre as a precaution.

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 posted a career-high third-place finish in the 2009 Indy 500, along with a career-high fifth in the final championship standings for the 2009 season.

Patrick was completing the "Danica Double" after wrecking out at the Daytona 500.

"Please, Roger, let me go back", Castroneves said after stepping out of his vehicle.

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Danica Patrick has been involved in a wreck and her #Indy500 is over. I never thought I'd win in front of so many people. "I just 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.

This will be Patrick's final career race as she will retire after this event.

From there, it was just a matter of navigating the lapped auto of Charlie Kimball, and counting down the final laps.

She left INDYCAR after the 2011 season for NASCAR. I had a lot of good fortune here and did still have some this month.

In IndyCar, she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 in her first appearance in the race in 2005. Patrick's hair started blowing in the wind, turning her pose into an impromptu photo-shoot - likely her last one in a firesuit. "I don't know if we have a tampering rule in IndyCar, but congrats Will". She was surrounded by autograph-seekers all month, and she got one of the loudest ovations during driver introductions Sunday. I will say, though, that for sure I'm very grateful for everybody for being able to finish it up like I wanted to. Instead, she plans to spend time on her burgeoning business empire and with Rodgers. There are still a lot of great moments.