Danica Patrick Will Retire From Racing In 2018

The long-time NASCAR and IndyCar driver confirmed the news as she announced her retirement from a full-time racing schedule Friday afternoon in Miami.

Patrick steps away from full-time competition after five full-time seasons in the Cup Series. She stated that she was grateful for all the many opportunities and that it was an "honor" to compete at the highest level of racing.

Despite never winning a race in her Monster Energy Cup Series career, Patrick achieved multiple milestones to cement her place in the sport's history. "I'm going to do the Daytona 500 next year and the Indy 500 ..." She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy vehicle racing in any capacity.

I've never had sponsor issues.

Patrick said it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over.

Patrick was emotional during the announcement, and her family there with her was also in tears.

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.

Patrick didn't reveal which teams she would drive for in 2018 but "nothing's final yet". Her appearance in the race will be her first in seven years. Her performance there won her the 2005 Rookie of the Year award for both the Indianapolis 500 as well as the full IndyCar season. "Especially with me and the sponsor situation".

What teams Patrick would driver for in each race remain a mystery. I feel like I should be doing this.

  • Rosalie Stanley