Patrick announces 2018 Indy 500 entry
18 November 2017 – Danica Patrick says she will bring her competitive motorsport career to a close next May, after announcing her intentions to return to the Indianapolis 500.
Patrick, 35, competed in IndyCar full-time between 2005 and 2011 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan and Andretti Autosport respectively, taking her sole victory at the 2008 Motegi event.
Patrick raced seven times at the Indianapolis 500 and secured six top 10 finishes, recording a podium finish at the 2009 event, behind Hélio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon.
Patrick switched to NASCAR in 2012 but has been left without a full-time seat for 2018 and announced that she will contest the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, which will be her final motorsport events.
"This will be my last season as a full-time driver," Patrick said.
"I'm not totally done. I'm going to do the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 next year, and I'm really excited about that. I think it's going to be a great way to cap it off."
Patrick did not confirm with which team she will compete, seven years after her most recent appearance in the category.
"We're glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said.
"Her final career start will make what's already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.
"It's also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world's attention in 2005.
"We're looking forward to seeing her back in an IndyCar next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the IndyCar Series."