Patrick steps away from full-time competition after five full-time seasons in the Cup Series. Danica Patrick is leaning in that direction as well, but she still has the biggest race in NASCAR and open-wheel racing to run before she does. Her best finish came in 2014 at Atlanta when she finished sixth. And she dazzled in multiple appearances in the Indy 500, qualifying and finishing fourth in her rookie start in 2005. It took her several months to accept that her career was essentially over after months of failing to line up sponsorship for next year. She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy auto racing in any capacity.
"I'm really excited about (competing in those races)", said Patrick, holding back tears.
"I was talking to my agent, Alan (Zucker) about how I wasn't having any fun this year", Patrick said.
Before moving to NASCAR, Patrick was the most successful woman to compete in American open-wheel racing and the only woman to ever win an IndyCar race.
An emotional Danica Patrick announces this will be her final season as a full-time driver.
Patrick would not reveal who she planned to drive with for these races, however, the Associated Press notes that Chip Ganassi Racing may offer her a drive at Indy, and she will not be returning to drive with Stewart-Haas for Daytona. It was announced that Patrick would be replaced by Aric Almirola in early November. I've never had sponsor issues.
What teams Patrick would driver for in each race remain a mystery. If I don't feel like I can run better than where I am, then I don't want to do it.