Indy 500 - Race Report
GoDaddy Racing Driver Credited with a 30th-Place Finish
Date: May 27, 2018
Event: Indianapolis 500
Format: 200 laps, 500 miles
Start/Finish: 7th/30th (Accident, completed 67 of 200 laps)
Race Winner: Will Power of Team Penske
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Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing, was credited with a 30th-place finish in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 following an accident in Turn 2 on lap 68.
After starting the race from the seventh position, Patrick pitted under green flag conditions at lap 29 and again under caution at lap 50. Patrick took the green flag in the 14th position at lap 55.
On Lap 68, the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet spun in Turn 2 and made contact with both the inside and outside retaining walls, causing significant damage to the car. Patrick was evaluated and released from the infield medical center.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing
I know that’s not how you wanted your day to end. What happened?
“I do feel like it was unexpected, but on the other hand, the car was turning more than I wanted it to. I was just having to chase it a lot. Turn 2 did seem a little bit more edgy than the other corners, but I can’t say that in that point in time that I was on edge or felt like I was. It just swung around as soon as I committed back to the throttle. I wasn’t expecting it by any means, but I think it just goes to show that these cars are tough to drive. All the drivers out there are great drivers. It was definitely not the way I wanted to end, of course. I wouldn’t want to end any year like this, but being my last race, it definitely makes it a lot worse. I did have some good moments here this month. I won’t forget that, and I won’t forget my fans either."
What did this month and the “Danica Double” mean to you?
“I'm appreciative for all of the fans, for GoDaddy and for Ed Carpenter Racing for giving me a good car. Today was a tough day. I will say, though, for sure I'm very grateful for everybody and for being able to finish it up like I wanted to. There were still a lot of great moments this month and a lot of great moments this year.”
After closing out an impressive, history-making career in motorsports with Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, Patrick will focus on turning her “side hustle” business efforts into full-time endeavors. That effort starts with attending the Auction Napa Valley event in California next week on behalf of her vineyard. Patrick, the sole proprietor of Somnium Wine, will be a part of her first live auction lot as her vineyard has partnered with Amizetta Estates and Gamble Family Vineyards on a luxurious collaborative vintner lot.