Former IndyCar Series turned NASCAR driver Danica Patrick announced on Friday that she will retire from full-time motorsport at the end of the 2017 season, however, the Illinois native has confirmed that she will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 for a one of appearance at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Patrick has also confirmed that she will compete in the Daytona 500 in February. A statement released on her website on Friday, read:
It has been quite a year in the world of Danica Racing. We appreciate all the support you have shown us and we wanted to share with you some news Danica will be announcing this afternoon.
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.
Patrick became the first female racing driver to win a major open win race when she took victory for Andretti Green Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series at the 2008 Honda Indy 300 in Japan.