Danica Patrick ran her final NASCAR race Sunday at the Daytona 500, and she got a special shoutout from another racing legend as the race began.
Patrick said she was proud of how strongly her Premium Motorsports team had raced until her accident.
As pre-race festivities winded down earlier in the day before Patrick's final NASCAR green flag, Patrick stood alongside her bright green No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet on the starting grid, surrounded by family and close friends. "I said it earlier today, that I feel like the whole thing was picture flawless with GoDaddy on the vehicle and being that green again, but it just wasn't mean to be today". Patrick was with fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. before splitting in November. I smell a guest spot on Good Morning America (ABC has the Indy 500 broadcast), heavy ESPN coverage (probably some sort of documentary-style feature) and appearances on Jimmy Kimmel.
"I love to fulfill the storybook but we didn't get to do that today", she added.
"This part is over now", Patrick said. "But it just wasn't meant to be today". But it ended in disappointment after a crash knocked her out of the Daytona 500.
After five seasons at the NASCAR cup series level, Patrick is calling it a career. But as results sank, so did interest in funding her ride. Keselowski won the preliminary The Clash last weekend, while Elliott won his Duel qualifying race on Thursday night.
Patrick is as much a brand these days as she is an athlete. She launched the clothing line "Warrior by Danica Patrick" after participating in the design process. Patrick is still a bankable celebrity and should have her pick of any future projects.
"I said earlier today, I feel like the whole-thing was picture-perfect with GoDaddy on the auto and being green, but I guess it was just not meant to be", Patrick said. "Once it stops being fun, then you need to get out". "I had a big push and got light at the wrong time".