NASCAR Rumors: Danica Patrick Mulling Indy 500, Daytona 500 Runs In 2018

Danica Patrick done as a full-time driver, will drive Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 2018

She became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 in 2005, and she was the sport's Rookie of the Year that same season.

"I don't care if you remember me as a girl", Patrick said after wiping away tears at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday.

Patrick will race in the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 next year before bringing the curtain down on her career. Chip Ganassi Racing is said to be the top candidate for Indy, which raises the obvious question of whether Ganassi would field a third vehicle for her at Daytona as well, making her a one-off teammate to Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.

"It would always be great to have her back to drive at Indy", said Rahal. Her victory in the 2008 Japan 300 remains the only win by a female racer in Verizon IndyCar Series history. During her Cup career, Patrick has earned seven top-10 finishes, including a career-best sixth-place finish in Atlanta in 2014. I feel like I should be doing this. "Sometimes we just get kind of nudged there". I've never had sponsor issues.




I know I always said I'd never go back to Indy, and I was always being honest.

While she won't have a full-time ride in the Cup Series next season, Patrick will still be driving in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18th, 2018, although she did not say the team for which she would be driving.

Representatives for Patrick and NBC have discussed the possibility of Patrick joining the network in some role, according to 11Alive news partner USA Today Sports.

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