"I really don't want to be here", Patrick told reporters. I've had a lot of good fortune here, and did still have some this month. Her highest finish in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was sixth in Atlanta in 2014, and she had seven top 10s in her five full-time NASCAR seasons that were all behind the wheel of the No. 10 auto for Stewart-Haas Racing. "'I think I am going to win this.' Unbelievable". It just didn't come on race day. "I couldn't stop screaming".
Pole sitter Ed Carpenter finished second, Scott Dixon was third, and 2016 victor Alexander Rossi came from the back of the field to finish fourth.
Power dominated the final stages of the race, once those taking a fuel strategy gamble had pitted or backed off to save fuel to make the finish - the strongest of which was Scott Dixon. Thankfully, ESPN is streaming on-board coverage of Patrick throughout Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He won the road-course event at Indy earlier this month. I couldn't imagine winning a race in front of this many people. Power now has 34 IndyCar wins. She said that her team wasn't sure what caused the crash, but the data showed "a little lift in the middle, a little understeer, then back to it and it just swung". (She finished third in 2009.) But before Sunday, she had never come home lower than 22nd, which she did exactly a decade earlier in 2008. "I'll look forward. We have to be back next year".More news: Iran pressures Europe to speed up plans to save nuclear deal
Patrick's highest finish in the season standings was 24th (in both 2015 and 2016), and she had an average finish of 24.1 in her career. The list included three-time victor Helio Castroneves, the retiring Danica Patrick, 2013 race victor Tony Kanaan and four-time series champ Sebastien Bourdais. Throughout her career, Patrick made eight appearances in the Indianapolis 500 and finished in the top 10 during six of those. It was a good moment.
Castroneves was running near the front before his crash. Defending race victor Takuma Sato crashed out just shy of the race's one-quarter mark after tangling with the much slower machine of James Davison.
Power hits the finish line for victory.
Castroneves was going for a record-tying fourth victory in the 500.