Indianapolis 500: Danica Patrick crashes out in final race of her career

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"Definitely not a great ending", she said, "but I kind of said before I came here that I feel like if it's a complete disaster - complete, as in not in the ballpark at all, and look silly - then people might remember that".

They were hopefully going to try and get the vehicle tuned up throughout the race but I think he had a rollbar issue was well; I could hear him saying he couldn't adjust the rollbar.

Drivers did get a little relief during the 200-lap race.

It was the same disappointing end for three-time Brickyard champion Castroneves as he once again failed to capture a record-equalling fourth win in what might have also been his last Indy 500. Australian Will Power went on to win the race.

"He hated ovals and now he loves them", he said.

It's always special to be here at Indy, but I've been with him on four Sunday nights after the race where he's disappointed and we have had a deep-and-meaningful for hours. Maybe someday he'll race for me.

He was then tagged by 2017 victor Takuma Sato while getting back up to speed from a moment on lap 46 and retired.

The mood was much different for Danica Patrick as her final Indy 500 ended on the 68th lap when she crashed her vehicle in Turn 2.

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The Indy 500 is the final race of Patrick's career.

Patrick finished 35th at the Daytona 500 in February after another crash ended her run in that race. Patrick's career ended with a crash in Turn 2.

Patrick crashed her GoDaddy sponsored auto on Lap 68 in Turn 2. Power managed to hold off the field down the stretch to claim the victory. Patrick's vehicle began to spin out on lap 68.

But that momentum didn't carry through into the race as she was the victim of the second single-car accident within just a handful of laps. He also became the first drive to sweep both races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

She announced last November she would retire this year and bring the curtain down with the "Danica Double" by contesting the Daytona and Indy 500s.

"Whenever you talk about retiring to someone they are like what are you going to do next", Patrick told Reuters in an interview prior to the race. "I mean, to finish up at a place that has so many good memories for me, and at the biggest race of the year for Indy cars and arguably the biggest race of the year, period". They just didn't come on race day.

"He was so determined for this one", she said. ("Please Roger, can I come back", he pleaded with team owner Penske in his television interview.) Fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan, another former victor who had the lead early in the afternoon, later lost control in turn two and also exited the race. "But we had some good moments".