Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Why is Danica Patrick retiring from NASCAR?

Why is Danica Patrick retiring from NASCAR?

She was involved in a crash with Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski and other drivers during the 102nd lap of the 200 it takes to complete the Daytona 500. "It can go so well and it can go so very bad".

"I'm just sad that it ended that way". Patrick was not in Smithfield's plans, thus SHR had to part ways with the 35-year-old Patrick, who did not have a full-time sponsor lined up for this season.

"I said earlier today that I feel like the whole thing was picture ideal with Go Daddy on that auto and it being that green again, but it just wasn't meant to be", Patrick said.

Danica Patrick's NASCAR career came to an abrupt and early end in Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

When Patrick won the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500 and ran competitively for most of the race, the unrealistic expectations that had already been attached her grew even larger.

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She competed in NASCAR full time from 2012 to 2017.

"I told him a long time ago I'd always root for him as a player", the Pretty Intense author said. Joining Patrick atop her pit box for the race will be Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "We weren't the fastest vehicle out there but the auto was competitive and that's what's important. That is all you can do".

Patrick said she would have loved "to deliver on the hype" of her final race, and everything was going well.

When Patrick first made the move to NASCAR, much of the attention that surrounded her had to do with what she could do to help NASCAR, the new fans that she could bring to the sport, the increased mainstream media exposure that would follow a female driver who found success in what has clearly been a male-dominated sport. "It is not a stock vehicle, but still have one more".

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