Danica Patrick to end racing career at next year's Indy 500

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Her 2018 plans are rather interesting, though, with Patrick announcing that she'll compete in both the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 before retiring from racing all together.

Patrick has driven in 189 career Cup Series races since her career in the sport began in 2012, and she has a top finish of 6th place at Atlanta in 2014 with six other top 10 finishes and one career pole. Everyone needs to put their mind there.

Expect there to be plenty of thought pieces about Patrick and her legacy over the months to come. She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy vehicle racing in any capacity.

For weeks, Danica Patrick's future in NASCAR was uncertain. Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but the Indianapolis contender would be Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Jenna Fryer of the AP says that Patrick informed her that she will run the 2018 Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 and then call it a career. I'd been going through this in my head and kept asking myself, "How am I going to get the words out and say it's over?" The only emotional (expletive) that you see me talking about, makes me mad. And trust me, I lost my (stuff) a few times over that.

I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get. But her racing career will not end following the "Great American Race".

What teams Patrick would driver for in each race remain a mystery.