Danica Patrick to drive in 2018 Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, then retire

Martin Truex Jr. right smiles with crew chief Cole Pearn before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead Fla. Friday Nov. 17 2017

Danica Patrick said Friday that the 2017 season would be her final season as a full-time driver.

However, this isn't the end of her career as she will compete in two races next season: the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.

Patrick has driven in 189 career Cup Series races since her career in the sport began in 2012, and she has a top finish of 6th place at Atlanta in 2014 with six other top 10 finishes and one career pole. "Let's end it with the Indy 500, '" she said. She is also the first woman in history to lead a lap in the Indy 500, which occurred in 2005, and has recorded the best Indy 500 finish by a woman when she finished third in 2009.

When it came time to announce her retirement, with her mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, boyfriend and support team watching from the back of a crowded room at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday afternoon, Patrick broke down in tears.

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"I think we heard I could TV, but right now, no", Patrick said.

Patrick would not reveal who she planned to drive with for these races, however, the Associated Press notes that Chip Ganassi Racing may offer her a drive at Indy, and she will not be returning to drive with Stewart-Haas for Daytona. Her appearance in the race will be her first in seven years. Her best finish in the standings is 24th, which she pulled off in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. I've never had sponsor issues.

Danica Patrick might not be done racing in NASCAR - or even IndyCar, for that matter.

The races? The Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. I feel like I should be doing this.

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