Patrick ends career with a bang and moves on

Pauline Gross
May 28, 2018

Danica Patrick's racing career came to an end on Sunday at the Indianapolis 500, but there was no storybook ending.

Will Power won a steamy, slick Indianapolis 500 that had engineers and race strategists working every bit as hard as the drivers behind the wheel.

"I mean, today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want from your last race", she said, "but I'm grateful for all of it".

But it's a race where lots can happen, you can never get content even if things are looking good and you've got a quick vehicle.

"Man, I just can't believe it", the 37-year-old Australian exclaimed after his winning finish.

Will Power took the lead in the Indianapolis 500 with four laps to go, knew he had it won when he took the white flag all alone and spent the final lap yelling to himself as he pulled away from the field. "I've had so many wins, so many poles". "Wish I could have finished stronger". I said "mate, we had a good feeling, I told you".

Still, she is respected and in some cases revered at Indianapolis, where fans still remember her leading the 2009 race before finishing third.

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Patrick finished in the top 10 in just seven of her 191 Cup Series starts.

Before her start on Sunday, Patrick posted a photo to Instagram saying, "This is just a chapter in the book". "I can't describe it", Power said.

Helio Castroneves made a public plea to return to the Indianapolis 500 next year, and it appears team owner Roger Penske will oblige. It was a good moment.

Kanaan's crash with 12 laps remaining set up a final restart with Oriol Servia out front. But all three needed enough gas to get to the finish line, and it was Power who was frantically chasing them down.

It's always great to be at Indy, but today was a particularly cool day, seeing Will win.

After last season, Penske moved Castroneves from his full-time IndyCar ride to the Penske sports-car Acura team starting this season with the promise of fielding a auto for the Indianapolis 500. Foyt, four-time Champ Car series champion Sebastien Bourdais and three-time Indy 500 victor Helio Castroneves.

Two of last year's top finishers ran into trouble in the early going.

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