June 19, 2018

Indianapolis 500: Danica Patrick crashes out in final race of her career

28 May 2018, 04:44 | Marta Robbins

Person found dead in Indianapolis Motor Speedway parking lot police say

Person found dead in Indianapolis Motor Speedway parking lot police say

In what the famed female driver dubbed the "Danica Double", she announced that she would compete in the 2018 Daytona 500, marking her NASCAR finale, and follow it up by driving at the race which she claims made her "relevant" at Indy Motor Speedway.

Australia's Will Power has filled the one hole in his resume by winning the Indianapolis 500 while Danica Patrick's ground-breaking career and Helio Castroneves's shot at Brickyard history both came to a crashing end.

Patrick was able to lift herself out of the vehicle and walked away from the crash.

"I think all of my life I've kind of felt like you're only as good as your last race". "Wish I could have finished stronger".

Will Power took the lead in the Indianapolis 500 with four laps to go, knew he had it won when he took the white flag all alone and spent the final lap yelling to himself as he pulled away from the field. Many fans were thrilled by Power's win, particularly those in his native home of Australia. "I was wondering if I would ever win it".

Danica Patrick will officially retire Sunday at age 36. 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.

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Unfortunately for DP, her career ends with this crash on Lap 68. She also wrecked out at the Daytona 500. According to the National Weather Service, it was 91 degrees at the track - the second-hottest Indy 500 on record after hitting 92 degrees in 1937 - but drinking the milk is tradition.

Honda didn't win the race but did manage to put six of its cars in the top 10.

The race marks the unofficial start to summer and one of the most-watched auto racing events in the United States.

The 30th place result is also the lowest of her entire IndyCar Series career.

In an Instagram post ahead of the race, Patrick called the day, "a chapter in the book". Thank you for the memories.

"I'm a little sad", Patrick said. She was told at the time "don't date the driver", so she married him instead (kidding, but not really - the full story on how they met can be seen here). "When is the anthem?' But I had a lot of my people around me so I was in good spirits".

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