Danica Patrick to retire from racing after 2018 Indy 500

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"I don't necessarily feel like I was pushed into doing this, ' Patrick said while sobbing". "Sometimes we just get kind of nudged there". Sometimes it's big nudges and sometimes it's little. I've never had sponsor issues. "I think it's going to be a great way to cap it off". "I'm excited about the next phase, trust me".

Patrick broke down in tears when she made the announcement ahead of this weekend's season-ending race at Homestead-Miami. Then, she expects to call it a career. It was announced that Patrick would be replaced by Aric Almirola in early November.

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"We're looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy auto next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series". Chip Ganassi Racing is said to be the top candidate for Indy, which raises the obvious question of whether Ganassi would field a third auto for her at Daytona as well, making her a one-off teammate to Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.

"I was talking to my agent, Alan (Zucker) about how I wasn't having any fun this year", Patrick said. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I'm done. She can't go back to Stewart-Haas Racing, her soon-to-be-ex-team, since that organization will already be fielding four cars at the 2018 Daytona 500.

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It was since widely speculated that Patrick may perhaps be retiring from her racing career since her chances of finding another full-time ride in the Cup Series were slim.

Patrick has one IndyCar Series victory at Motegi in 2008. Through 189 races she has seven top 10 finishes.

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