Danica Patrick to end racing career at next year’s Indy 500

4:09 PM ET

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Danica Patrick, the highest-finishing woman in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 and the only female driver ever to win a pole in the NASCAR Cup Series, will compete in both races next year before retiring as a race car driver.

“It just came from my heart, and I think it’s going to be awesome,” Patrick said Friday about her decision during an emotional news conference at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Patrick said she doesn’t anticipate competing after the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

“Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out, ‘What about Indy? Let’s end it with the Indy 500,”’ she told The Associated Press. “This ignites something in me. But I am done after May. Everyone needs to put their mind there. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I’m done.”

Patrick said sponsorship is still being solidified, and she has multiple options as far as the teams she will compete for in the events. She said she

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