Danica Patrick through the years
Saturday, February 11, 2017
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Danica Patrick has called it career. The 2018 Indianapolis 500 on May 27 served as the final portion of her Daytona 500-Indy 500 finale, dubbed the Danica Double. Scroll through to see her memorable moments in NASCAR.
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Patrick made her Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut piloting Tommy Baldwin Racing's No. 10 Chevrolet in the 2012 Daytona 500.
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Patrick attracts legions of fans among young women and girls, as well as men, and was named to Forbes' 100 Power Women in 2010, the year she began her NASCAR career.
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In 2013, Patrick moved from Tommy Baldwin Racing to Stewart-Haas Racing, joining Tony Stewart's team.
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Patrick became the first woman to earn a pole award in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, earning the P1 starting spot for the 2013 Daytona 500.
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The 2013 Daytona 500 was also Patrick's first top-10 finish as she wheeled the No. 10 to an eighth-place finish.
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Patrick and fellow Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dated for five years before announcing in December 2017 that they had broken up.
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Patrick captured her best Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finish, sixth place, in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Aug. 30, 2014.
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Patrick, driving the No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet, was the Fan Vote winner in the Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 15, 2015.
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Patrick didn't drive alongside Stewart, who retired from driving full time after the 2016 season, this year, but he's still her car owner. She almost convinced him to play tooth fairy in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 29, 2016.
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The tooth fairy did ride along on Patrick's Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway last spring.
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Patrick has had three crew chiefs with Stewart-Haas Racing, but carried some continuity into 2017 in her second year working with Billy Scott.
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Danica Patrick recorded her seventh career top-10 finish at NASCAR's top level in June at Dover. The race came in front of chef Gordon Ramsay, who was at the track to film a TV spot with Patrick.
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Another year, another visit to the ESPYs.
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On Sept. 12, 2017, Danica Patrick announced she would not return to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2018 season.
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On Jan. 18, 2018, Danica Patrick and GoDaddy announced they will partner together again for the expected final two races of the driver’s career, the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. The following Monday, it was revealed that Patrick will field the No. 7 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet in the 'Great American Race.'
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Danica Patrick's last NASCAR start at the 2018 Daytona 500 came to an early end following a wreck on Lap 101. She finished the race in 35th place.
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Danica Patrick's ride for her final Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.
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Danica Patrick's day ended early in the 2018 Indy 500 as her No. 13 crashed on Lap 68 of the 200-lap event. She finished 30th.