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

Danica Patrick wipes away tears as he speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead Fla. Friday Nov. 17 2017

Jenna Fryer of the AP says that Patrick informed her that she will run the 2018 Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 and then call it a career.

"I'm grateful for all of the opportunities", an emotional Patrick said at a media conference.

Following Sunday's race in Homestead, Danica plans to step away from full-time competition. Her lone win came at Motegi in 2008, and she had six other podium finishes and three poles over the course of her career. I feel like this is where my life should be headed, and sometimes we just get kind of nudged there. Patrick did have seven top 10 finishes in both the MONSTER Energy Series and Xfinity Series. Sometimes we get big nudges and sometimes it's little. "I think it's [racing in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500] going to be a great way to cap it off". But I definitely was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I had never faced before. Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but the Indianapolis contender would be Chip Ganassi Racing.


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. The only emotional (expletive) that you see me talking about, makes me mad.

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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