Patrick admitted that coming into the 2017 season, she faced something she never had to face before - sponsorship woes. Patrick does not have a NASCAR contract for next season.
"I'm grateful for all of the opportunities", an emotional Patrick said at a media conference.
"I'm really excited, I actually have really something exciting to tell you", Patrick said as she wiped away tears.
She has not yet announced which team she will drive for, but did say that she does not anticipate a return to NASCAR. Her performance there won her the 2005 Rookie of the Year award for both the Indianapolis 500 as well as the full IndyCar season. She will also participate in the Daytona 500 in February prior to May's Indy 500.
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Her highest finish at the Indy 500 was third in 2009.
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However, this isn't the end of her career as she will compete in two races next season: the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. I feel like this is where my life should be headed, and sometimes we just get kind of nudged there. "I mean, it's twice the field of Indy cars". And how will she do in her final race ever and her first IndyCar race in seven seasons, the Indianapolis 500, just three months later? SHR replaced her with Aric Almirola.
As far as her Daytona 500 history goes, Patrick has driven in the race six times with a top finish of 8th place in 2013. "I had never had sponsor issues".
Patrick had been adamant she would never return to IndyCar or the 500, but changed her mind as she realized her competitive options were dwindling.
I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get.
Patrick spent seven years as an IndyCar driver before making the move to NASCAR in 2012.
"I think we heard I could TV, but right now, no", Patrick said. "I want to be remembered for the things that went well".