Danica Patrick Crashes At Indy 500, Final Race Of Her Career

April FrancisMay 28, 2018

Even though she didn't finish the race as strong as she hoped, she is still praised for her work in ending the stigma around women drivers.

Pole sitter and hometown hero Ed Carpenter, who led the most laps of the race at 65, finished second, more than three seconds behind.

Power's victory capped a big evening for Australian motorsport fans, after Daniel Ricciardo won Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix for Red Bull.

TV cameras were panning to Power's wife, Elizabeth, during the race, and she was clearly a nervous wreck. It's the 17th title for team owner Roger Penske.

As the race closed in on the halfway point Carpenter was the dominant auto on the track, but he was being seriously challenged by former Indy 500 victor Tony Kanaan.

Defending race victor Takuma Sato, Danica Patrick, Sebastien Bourdais, three-time victor Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan lost control and wrecked.

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Power, who started on the front row of the 500-mile (805 kilometres), 200-lap race, was on the charge after the final caution, coming home ahead of polesitter Ed Carpenter and 2008 victor Scott Dixon of New Zealand. Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race in 2008 when she won the Indy Japan 300. "I can't think of a more cool way to be done". They just didn't come on race day.

"Please, Roger, let me go back", Castroneves said after stepping out of his vehicle.

Castroneves' bid to win a record-tying fourth 500 ended when he spun exiting Turn 4.

Castroneves, who has moved over to race sports cars for Penske and no longer competes on the IndyCar series, has also made his name at the Brickyard with trips to Victory Lane in 2001, 2002 and 2009.

And although Sunday marked the end of Patrick's dream of winning the Indy 500, she spoke fondly of her history on the track. It's both of them. I've had a lot of good fortune here and did still have some this month, it just didn't come on race day. "We'll certainly take a good luck at that for sure", Penske 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.

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