Patrick crashes in final Indy 500 start

Posted May 28, 2018

Danica Patrick's final Indianapolis 500 ended like her final Daytona 500.

As Power held off pole victor Ed Carpenter to win his first Indy 500, the 81-year-old Penske pumped his fist in the air and clapped for his driver.

"Today was really disappointing for what he were hoping for". It still was a lot of great moments this month.

"Unbelievable to be the first Australian to win the 500; maybe they will recognize me down there now", smiled Power.

Power’s image will soon grace the legendary Borg Warner Trophy after winning Sunday’s Indianapolis 500
Power’s image will soon grace the legendary Borg Warner Trophy after winning Sunday’s Indianapolis 500

Just before the singing of the national anthem, with the crowd as quiet as it would be all day, one fan screamed from the grandstands, "Let's go Danica!"

"(Those) two pit and I'm screaming, 'Man I got this, '" Power said.

Will Power won the race in it's 102nd running, edging out Ed Carpenter at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I wish I would have finished stronger".

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"I'm pretty sure I'm burnt to a crisp", said Bryan Alexander, a 40-year-old race fan from New Paris, Ohio. "I was wondering if I would ever win it and thoughts when through my mind during the month, my career", he said. My career, I've had so many wins, I've had so many poles but everyone talks about the (Indy) 500. And if I win, people will remember that.

Power and his family - his wife, most notably - were incredibly emotional after the race. She left the 500-mile race bit shy of 200 miles. "I can't describe it", Power said.

While there was plenty of disappointment in Patrick's words there was not a hint of regret, having been steadfast in the buildup to Sunday's race she would not get behind the wheel again and had no interest in being involved as an owner or mentor to young racers. The race capped her "Danica Double", which began at the Daytona 500, where she also crashed out well short of the finish. It was a good moment.

Among other drivers who exited due to mishaps were three-time victor Helio Castroneves (lap 147) and 2013 victor Tony Kanaan (188). Kanaan's crash with 12 laps remaining set up a final restart with Oriol Servia out front.

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Power hits the finish line for victory.

Defending champion Takuma Sato also crashed out after running into the back of James Davison's auto.

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.

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