Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Danica Patrick confirms which race she would rather win

Danica Patrick confirms which race she would rather win

Patrick inadvertently revealed the news while fielding questions during Daytona 500 media day Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the final NASCAR race of her career. She finished eighth at Indy in 2006 and 2007 and 22nd in 2008 - a little over one month after she became the first female driver ever to win a race in a major closed course racing series with her victory at Twin Ring Motegi. Just like she told everyone in November before the NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"I think Ed's team can give Danica the speed she is looking for in the race", said two-time Indianapolis 500 winning driver Al Unser, Jr., who works for Harding Racing in the IndyCar Series.

The Associated Press reports Patrick dropped the mike and even cursed under her breath in front of reporters. I'm happy that Danica saw that our team offered her an opportunity to have a strong auto at Indy, and that Ed Carpenter Racing was the team she wanted to end her career with. However, he says her experience with the old Dallara IR03 - the chassis whose last IndyCar race was also Danica's final race - can serve her well. And other drivers will be getting the same questions about Danica as I'm going to be asked.

Patrick last entered the Indy 500 back in 2011 for Andretti Autosport, finishing 10th before turning her attention to NASCAR from 2012 onwards.

Patrick ran seven seasons in IndyCar before leaving after the 2001 season to move to NASCAR.

In her first Indy 500 in 2005, Patrick became the first woman to ever take the lead, and was leading with just seven laps left.

ECR is partly owned by Tony George, the founder of IndyCar and chairman of the family group that owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

ECR had been the likely landing spot for Patrick.

"He's going to be here to support me and he's excited", Patrick, who acknowledged last month that she and the National Football League star were dating, told the Associated Press.

"I hope for her wherever she ends up at Indy that it goes well for her". "I'm excited to show him what I do".

Patrick confirmed last month that she was dating Rodgers, who broke up with actress Olivia Munn past year.

Patrick and Monster Energy Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ended their relationship in late 2017 after dating for almost five years.

Patrick and Rodgers have been low-key about their relationship, although TMZ has snapped a few photos of them together at dinner in Arizona and at last week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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