An emotional Danica Patrick announced Friday that 2017 will be her last year as a full-time driver and she will retire after competing in the 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500.
“My sister told me I was supposed to get emotional,” she said, wiping tears from her eyes. “I said I wouldn’t.”
Patrick competed in the IndyCar series for six full seasons and became the first woman to win a race. She then transitioned to NASCAR, where she raced for six full seasons.
She became the woman to drive first full-time in NASCAR’s top-division.
Patrick became the first woman to win the pole position for the Daytona 500 in 2013, her first full year as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver. With that accomplishment, she also became the first woman to win a pole at any NASCAR top-division race.
Despite those accolades, Patrick said she hopes she is remembered as a good driver, not by her gender.
So, what’s next for Danica Patrick? The 35-year-old says she’s open to doing some TV work.