Former NTT IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick who made her final race appearance at last year’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 with Ed Carpenter Racing will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.
NBC Sports announced on Wednesday that Patrick will be an analyst with them for their inaugural Indianapolis 500 broadcast.
Patrick who drove for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Andretti Autosport during her IndyCar career will also join NBC for their live coverage of pole day on May 19.
Speaking about the news Patrick said:
The Indianapolis 500 holds a very special place in my heart. “The moment I drive into the facility, I’m flooded with positive emotions. I have no doubt it’ll be the same this year when I come back as an analyst. To be on the NBC Sports team with Mike Tirico will be an honor and I look forward to adding my unique perspective. I’ve been in the race eight times, including last year, so I’m familiar with the dynamics within IndyCar after being away for seven years. To me, Indy feels like home!”
Executive producer and president production NBC Sports and NBCSN Sam Flood said:
Danica has a perspective unlike any other driver in the history of motorsports and will be a great addition to our first-ever coverage of the Indy 500. “She has proven to be as fearless with her opinions and analysis as she was in breaking barriers while racing in the most competitive motorsports circuits in the world.
The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge takes place on May 26.