PHOENIX, Arizona- Groundbreaking professional race car driver Danica Patrick has announced she is stepping away from full-time competition with the following news release:
“It has been quite a year in the world of Danica Racing. We appreciate all the continued support that Danica’s fans have shown us and we wanted to share with you some news.
Following Sunday’s race in Homestead, Danica plans to step away from full-time competition.
While Danica may not be competing on a weekly basis next year, we are thrilled to share with you that she will be doing the “Danica Double” and will be a part of the 60th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in February and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.
It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since Danica last competed in the Indy 500, and we can’t wait to see the excitement that will surround her return to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing!”
Danica has made a ton of history at both Daytona and Indy and we’re excited to see what this next chapter has in store for her.”
Her published biography says Patrick “burst onto the scene” in May 2005 when she stunned the world by leading 19 laps and finishing fourth in her first Indianapolis 500, becoming the first woman to lead laps and score a top-five finish in the historic race. One week later, she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first Indy car driver to be featured on the front page in 20 years.
Three years later, in April 2008, Patrick became the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series with her victory in the IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan. That victory set her up for her second Sports Illustrated cover just three weeks later, making her only the fourth racecar driver (joining Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Al Unser) to twice grace the cover of the popular magazine.