She left the 500-mile race bit shy of 200 miles.
There was no hiding it in her voice.
This year's Indy 500 was set to be the final race of Patrick's career. Power now has 34 IndyCar wins.
It was a insane finish, as always, but certainly the right man won, which is good. "She's been a great ambassador for the sport in general". "I've had so many wins, so many poles". I just can't believe it. The final round of pit stops, starting with 28 laps remaining, was particularly tense, as every drop of fuel gathered or missed could have made the difference between winning and losing.
She qualified as 7th fastest out of 35 drivers vying for a spot in the legendary race, but unfortunately Patrick's racing career end with a crash, not a victory.
In the first superspeedway oval use of the universal aerodynamic body kit for both Chevrolet and Honda, 15 different drivers led on Sunday, tying an Indy 500 record set last season.
After qualifying seventh, the Indy 500 had promised the possibility of something special. A crewmember quickly turned on a small, powerful fan.
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"I was definitely nervous", she said. It still was a lot of great moments this month.
Just before the singing of the national anthem, with the crowd as quiet as it would be all day, one fan screamed from the grandstands, "Let's go Danica!"
After the anthem, she hugged her parents and sister and then got a long embrace from Rodgers. Rodgers headed upstairs to watch the race from a luxury suite.
The "Danica Double" is complete, and with it, Danica Patrick's full-time career in motorsports has come to an end.
While there was plenty of disappointment in Patrick's words there was not a hint of regret, having been steadfast in the buildup to Sunday's race she would not get behind the wheel again and had no interest in being involved as an owner or mentor to young racers. She was evaluated at the care center and released. The television broadcast got piped over loudspeakers as she was trying to talk. "I want to cry".
Feisty and competitive, Patrick rarely backed down from anyone during a ground-breaking career split between NASCAR and IndyCar. "I'm pretty sad. I'm for sure very grateful for everybody and for being able to finish it up like I wanted to". She has not competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2011, as she moved over to NASCAR for the intervening years.
When asked about her emotions on the incident and how it affected her, Patrick replied, "It's an entire career". Instead, she plans to spend time on her burgeoning business empire and with Rodgers.
"I wish my teammates could've been up there more as well, but it's been a while since I had a top five here, so feels good to finish in a good position. A lot of great moments this year".
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