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

Danica Patrick wipes away tears as he speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead Fla. Friday Nov. 17 2017

Danica Patrick done as a full-time driver, will drive Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in 2018

But she's not stepping away from racing entirely. "I think it's [racing in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500] going to be a great way to cap it off". She started her press conference by saying it was her final season driving full-time and immediately broke into tears.

Patrick also drove in 115 career IndyCar races during her full-time career as an IndyCar driver from the 2005 season to the 2011 season. Chip Ganassi Racing is said to be the top candidate for Indy, which raises the obvious question of whether Ganassi would field a third vehicle for her at Daytona as well, making her a one-off teammate to Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.

Patrick has known for at least a month that she will end her career next season at the Indianapolis 500, a decision that will bring her full circle and return her one last time to the storied track that made her famous. Patrick remains the sole female driver to earn pole in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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While she has been racing for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2012, she will not be representing the team at the Daytona 500 in February. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I'm done. She is being replaced after Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Aric Almirola. But I definitely was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I had never faced before.

Patrick has one IndyCar Series victory at Motegi in 2008.

"It made me think about things and so I'm excited about the next phase".

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"The difficulty is that it (NASCAR) is super competitive", said Patrick.

"I feel like this is where my life should be headed". It's 40 cars instead of 20, basically. I tried every approach, and, really, all that ended up happening was I lost my crew chief the first time around with Tony Gibson. "I want to be remembered for the things that went well".

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