Danica Patrick's Career Ends With Crash At Indy 500

Posted May 28, 2018

Australia's Will Power has filled the one hole in his resume by winning the Indianapolis 500 while Danica Patrick's ground-breaking career and Helio Castroneves's shot at Brickyard history both came to a crashing end.

The 2018 Indianapolis 500 was Patrick's final race before retirement and her first Indy 500 since 2011.

"Today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want for your last race", Patrick said in an emotional interview during ABC's broadcast. "When is the anthem?' But I had a lot of my people around me so I was in good spirits". "'I think I am going to win this.' Unbelievable". They just didn't come on race day. "I couldn't stop screaming". Power led for 59 of the 200 laps while stomping out his main racing demon.

Power dominated the final stages of the race, once those taking a fuel strategy gamble had pitted or backed off to save fuel to make the finish - the strongest of which was Scott Dixon.

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In an Instagram post ahead of the race, Patrick called the day, "a chapter in the book". "I feel like collapsing". He won the road-course event at Indy earlier this month. "I'm just so thrilled, 17 wins".

"I was definitely nervous", she said, "but I found myself most of the time on the grid feeling confused".

Power - the 2014 IndyCar Series champion - was so excited about his victory, but he wisely chose to only have a sip of his celebratory bottle of milk.

Still, she is respected and in some cases revered at Indianapolis, where fans still remember her leading the 2009 race before finishing third.

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TV cameras were panning to Power's wife, Elizabeth, during the race, and she was clearly a nervous wreck.

Castroneves was running near the front before his crash. Foyt, four-time Champ Car series champion Sebastien Bourdais and three-time Indy 500 victor Helio Castroneves. But all three needed enough gas to get to the finish line, and it was Power who was frantically chasing them down.

Carpenter scored his best Indy 500 finish, beating his fifth position in 2008, having started the race on pole and leading convincingly in the first half of the action. Defending race victor Takuma Sato was also knocked out when he ran into the back of a slower auto.

The temperature at Indianapolis Motor Speedway hit 33 degrees early in the afternoon, equaling the hottest 500 on record.

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