Danica Patrick ends racing career spinning out of the Indy 500

Danica Patrick confirmed in February that she would end her racing career after the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

The victory capped a ideal month of May for the man from Toowoomba as Power tuned up for the Indy 500 by notching up his 33rd career win with a victory in the Indianapolis Grand Prix run on the Speedway's road circuit.

"I didn't really want (to be here)", Patrick said. "I mean, to finish up at a place that has so many good memories for me, and at the biggest race of the year for Indy cars and arguably the biggest race of the year, period". Patrick became the first woman to clinch a pole position and holds the most starts, laps led and top-tens for a woman in the Cup Series in NASCAR. "I don't think people know who I am down there". "I wish I could have finished stronger".

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

Liz Power reached for the empty milk bottle, then pointed out to her husband that he'd sprayed milk all over one of the Indy 500 princesses.

Patrick was making her first IndyCar race since 2011 (she defected to NASCAR in the interim) and was known before the race as the one where she chose to end her career. They just didn't come on race day. "I can't describe it". "We'll certainly take a good luck at that for sure", Penske said.

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Will Power can win anything now, even the Indianapolis 500, an intimidating race on an oval he hated because it marginalised his talent. My career, I've had so many wins, I've had so many poles but everyone talks about the (Indy) 500.

Kanaan's crash with 12 laps remaining set up a final restart with Oriol Servia out front.

Among other drivers who exited due to mishaps were three-time victor Helio Castroneves (lap 147) and 2013 victor Tony Kanaan (188).

Power hits the finish line for victory.

Her crash was third in 20 laps of the race, which also took out defending champion Takuma Sato on lap 48 after running into the back of James Davison in Turn 4. According to the National Weather Service, it was 91 degrees at the track - the second-hottest Indy 500 on record after hitting 92 degrees in 1937 - but drinking the milk is tradition.


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