Patrick to step away from full-time racing
By Isabel Gonzalez
November 17, 2017
HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Danica Patrick announced Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway she will be retiring from full-time driving after the 2017 season closes this weekend and only plans to run the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 in 2018.
Although a lot of details haven’t been finalized yet, including which teams she will be competing with for those two races, the driver said she was excited about her decision.
Patrick said she did not feel she was pushed into it and added that she thinks this was all a good way to cap it all off.
The announcement came during a news conference that had been scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. local time. No one was told what this would be about. Patrick came in and soon struggled to hold back tears as she joked about not wanting to get emotional.
“My sister told me I was supposed to get emotional, I said I wouldn’t,” she said as the tears began to flow.
Her family stood in the back of the room as she talked about her future plans.
USA Today published a story about Patrick and NBC discussing the possibility of having the driver join the network for 2018.
This article was published two hours prior to the announcement but mentioned the source of the information had to be kept anonymous because he/she did not have the authorization to speak about it publicly.
However, when Patrick was asked about whether or not she would be doing broadcast in the future, she gave a different answer. She said this was not something she was interested in at the moment, but also that she would “never say never.”
It’s still unclear as to whether or not Patrick will become part of the media in the near future, but for now she said she was “excited about the next phase.”
Patrick, who currently drives the No. 10 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, has competed in all 35 races in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
On Sunday, she will have run all 36. Throughout her time in the series, Patrick never scored a victory or a top-five finish, but did earn seven finishes in the top 10. She also earned the Daytona 500 pole in 2013 during her rookie season.
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