Danica Patrick’s Final Race of Her Career Ends With Crash at Indy 500

Danica Patrick hits the wall in the second turn during the running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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In the last race of her career, Danica Patrick crashed as she came out of Turn 2 in the Indianapolis 500.

During lap 68 of the race, Patrick lost control and hit the outer wall before sliding across the track, hitting the interior wall, and finally coming to a stop on the grass, the AP reports.

Patrick was able to lift herself out of the car and walked away from the crash. She was released after a medical evaluation.

“I mean, today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want from your last race, but I’m grateful for all of it,” Patrick said. “I just wish I could have finished stronger.”

Will Power won the race in it’s 102nd running, edging out Ed Carpenter at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sunday marks Power’s first win in the race that included seven crashes.

“Man, I just can’t believe it,” the 37-year-old Australian exclaimed after his winning finish. “I was wondering if I would ever win it.”

Patrick, 36, had those same thoughts as she returned to Indianapolis after her 2005 debut at the track that sparked her career. Ahead of Sunday’s race, Patrick had a four lap average of about 228 mph, earning her a top spot, starting in 7th at the beginning of the race.

Her appearance in Indianapolis was the second half of the “Danica Double” — a swan song of two last races to mark the end of her career.

Patrick finished 35th at the Daytona 500 in February after another crash ended her run in that race.

But 13 years ago, Patrick was named rookie of the year, had a record-breaking season and led for 19 laps in the Indy 500, as NPR’s Cheryl Corley reports. Throughout her career, Patrick made eight appearances in the Indianapolis 500 and finished in the top 10 during six of those. Overall, her only win in an IndyCar race came in 2008 in Japan.

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SOURCE: NPR, Wynne Davis