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Her appearance in Indianapolis was the second half ofthe "Danica Double" - a swan song of two last races to mark the end of her career. Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race in 2008 when she won the Indy Japan 300.

Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, talks to the media during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

"I feel like it was pretty unexpected", Patrick said.

"I'm very grateful for everybody and for being able to finish it up like I wanted to", she said.

"I've had a lot of good fortune here and had some here this month".

Patrick was running 17th at the time of her crash and it came just laps after a similar crash by EdJones in the same spot.

The 2018 Indianapolis 500 was Patrick's final race before retirement and her first Indy 500 since 2011. But he had just one top-three finish at this race before Sunday, and he screamed after exiting his vehicle, mouthing "I can't believe it" before dousing his head in milk. On Instagram, she confessed that the closing of her career was emotional for her.

"That guy was sitting here this morning before I walked in, sitting in his firesuit next to his engineer ready to go, about 6:30 this morning", Cindric said. Her highest finish in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was sixth in Atlanta in 2014, and she had seven top 10s in her five full-time NASCAR seasons that were all behind the wheel of the No. 10 auto for Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick started the race seventh and ran inside the top 16 before getting loose and hitting the wall on Lap 67. I just can't believe it.

"Yeah, it's an entire career", she said, "but what really launched it was this". "I've had so many wins, so many poles".

Patrick closed with one more joke directed at reporters. "I was like, "I don't remember this".

Among other drivers who exited due to mishaps were three-time victor Helio Castroneves (lap 147) and 2013 victor Tony Kanaan (188). "I'm not going to miss the nervous feeling one bit". Rossi had no choice: It was hard to pass in the 2018 vehicle on a day that fell just 2 degrees short - it was 91 degrees - of being the hottest 500 in history.