She attempted to find another ride but there wasn't much interest in a driver who has never won a NASCAR race and stands a disappointing 27th in this season's points standings.
Graham Rahal, whose father Bobby ran Patrick in the Atlantic championship and the first two years of her IndyCar career, said recently that she would be welcome back at the Brickyard in an open-wheel auto. "I'm going to do the Daytona 500 next year and the Indy 500 ..." "I think it's gonna be a great way to cap (my racing career) off".
Patrick made the announcement at a press conference at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Her eighth-placed finish in the 2013 Daytona 500 is the best finish by a woman in that race, which she started on pole.
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Patrick will race in the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 next year before bringing the curtain down on her career. In 2015 and 2016, she finished the Cup Series season in 24th place, her best overall season finish.
Stewart also credits Patrick for helping him expand the Stewart-Haas Racing team to four cars.
Her lone IndyCar victory was in 2008 at a race in Japan. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I'm done. "I had never had sponsor issues". SHR replaced her with Aric Almirola.
Patrick had been adamant she would never return to IndyCar or the 500, but changed her mind as she realized her competitive options were dwindling.
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"I was like, shoot, nothing really works".
I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get. I feel like there's a lot out of your control as a driver, and that's frustrating.
Patrick spent seven years in the IndyCar series between 2005 and 2011, racing for Rahal Letterman Racing, Andretti Green Racing, and Andretti Autosport. "I don't care if your remember me as a girl".
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