Danica Patrick Retiring From Full-Time NASCAR Racing, Adding To Star Turnover

Posted November 18, 2017

Beyond a possible TV deal, a person briefed on Patrick's 2018 strategy who is not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY Sports that Patrick is exploring a plan to run the biggest races in American motorsports next year: February's Daytona 500 and May's Indianapolis 500.

"I don't necessarily feel like I was pushed into doing this, ' Patrick said while sobbing".

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Patrick will race in the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 next year before bringing the curtain down on her career. She won the pole at the 2013 Dayton a 500, but she has never won a stock-car race. Chip Ganassi Racing is said to be the top candidate for Indy, which raises the obvious question of whether Ganassi would field a third auto for her at Daytona as well, making her a one-off teammate to Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray. 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?" In 2015 and 2016, she finished the Cup Series season in 24th place, her best overall season finish. But I definitely was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I had never faced before. It was announced that Patrick would be replaced by Aric Almirola in early November. I've never had sponsor issues.

Patrick's contract with Stewart-Haas Racing will come to an end on Sunday after the season-ending NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami. The only emotional (expletive) that you see me talking about, makes me mad.

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"I think we heard I could TV, but right now, no", Patrick said.

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