Indy 500: Danica Patrick CRASHES out in final race of her career

Indy 500: Danica Patrick CRASHES out in final race of her career

Indy 500: Danica Patrick CRASHES out in final race of her career

There was no hiding it in her voice. The new kit changed the tenor of racing, as predicted by drivers, with turbulent air in traffic, aggressiveness on restarts and handling in corners becoming a critical factor.

Danica Patrick's racing career is coming to an end today, as she's racing in the Indy 500, which will mark the last event of her career.

Turns out she wasn't able to do that before disaster struck.

She finished 30th, her lowest spot in eight starts at "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing".

"She's done a great job getting up to speed, not making mistakes".

"They said they looked back at the data and it was kind of a little lift in the middle, a little bit of understeer and then back to it and it just swung".

The big story, of course, is her place in racing history. She was the first woman to win an IndyCar race and her deal with Stewart-Haas in 2013 made her the first woman to get a full-time ride at NASCAR's top level. The Homestead crash was Patrick's 10th race-ending incident of the season and her career ends with crashes in six of her final nine races overall.

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Power dominated the field in IndyCar's premier race, earning his first Indianapolis 500 win. Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race in 2008 when she won the Indy Japan 300.

The 36-year-old American climbed out of the auto and appeared uninjured but was taken to the medical centre as a precaution.

The final stop was a celebratory send-off that included dozens of family, friends and photographers following her every move before the finale. Patrick's face was glistening, sweat rolling down her back in near-record-breaking heat.

"I was definitely nervous", she said. "When is the anthem?' But I had a lot of my people around me so I was in good spirits". She smiled, turned and waved.

From there, it was just a matter of navigating the lapped vehicle of Charlie Kimball, and counting down the final laps. Rodgers headed upstairs to watch the race from a luxury suite. She was released after a medical evaluation. She has come to win. The television broadcast got piped over loudspeakers as she was trying to talk. "I want to cry".

Sato, 41, won last year's Indy 500 in a narrow finish over Helio Castroneves, who was looking to win the famous race for the fourth time. Her highest finish in the Indianapolis 500 was third in 2009. She was surrounded by autograph-seekers all month, and she got one of the loudest ovations during driver introductions Sunday. She plans to focus on her business and entrepreneur opportunities in retirement. "I just wish I could have finished stronger".

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