Danica Patrick is interviewed following her release from the infield hospital at the Indianapolis 500. Her race – and career – ended with a crash. Photograph: Darron Cummings/AP
Danica Patrick’s racing career ended with a wreck in turn two at the track that made her famous. Patrick had been running near the middle of the pack in the Indianapolis 500 when she lost control, slid hard into the outside wall, then caromed across the track and hit the inside barrier before coming to a stop on the infield grass in lap 68 of 200.
Patrick, who shot to prominence by finishing fourth as a rookie in 2005, announced earlier this year that she would step away from racing after Sunday’s race. It was supposed to triumphantly cap her “Danica Double,” which began at the Daytona 500, where she also crashed out well short of the finish.