It was an emotional day for Danica Patrick as she fought back tears during her announcement confirming the 2017 season would be her last as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Drivers and fans took to Twitter to share their appreciation and admiration for the only female currently competing at NASCAR’s highest level.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will also likely make his final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, Sirius XM), didn’t hesitate to share with fans the impact Patrick had on the sport. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson also sent good thoughts Patrick’s way.
I enjoyed following @DanicaPatrick even before she was driving Indycars. Im glad I got to race with her and admire the driver she is. Thanks Danica for the impact you had on @JRMotorsports and being an inspiration to many.
— Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) November 17, 2017
Congratulations on your next chapter. In time, you will be truly appreciated for all that you’ve contributed to this sport we all love.
Much to be proud of 😀 https://t.co/fn1lpPKcQh
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 17, 2017
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) November 17, 2017
Longtime boyfriend and fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made sure to tell the internet that Patrick wasn’t quite done breaking down walls and reaching her goals.
Really really proud of everything she has accomplished and look forward to the next chapters together. She’s not done accomplishing her goals, she has many of those left and 2 huge races left. pic.twitter.com/rGAuJToM76
— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) November 17, 2017
Thank you @DanicaPatrick for all you’ve done for the sport 🙌🏻 Good luck and go get ’em in your future endeavors!
— Julia Landauer (@julialandauer) November 17, 2017