Race Car Driver Danica Patrick Steers a New Course

Earlier this year Danica Patrick, who drove the number 10 car for Stewart-Haas Racing, revealed that she would not be returning to Stewart-Haas next season.

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After it was announced that Aric Almirola would not be returning to driver the number 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car next season, Stewart-Haas has announced that Almirola will be driving the number 10 car next season.

Just hours before she climbed into her number 10 car to qualify for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Patrick entered the NASCAR media center for an emotional announcement that she will be leaving racing next year. Patrick plans to run two of the biggest races in the sport before hanging up her helmet one last time.

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Patrick, who drove in the Indy Racing Series prior to coming to NASCAR, plans to run the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Daytona 500 in February and the Indy Racing League’s Indianapolis 500 in May.

Patrick has not stated what her plans may entail once she has finished racing.

As one of only a few female drivers in the sport of auto racing, Danica Patrick has become an inspiration and role model for many young girls.

While she has yet to win a NASCAR race, Patrick was the pole sitter for the 2013 Daytona 500 and she is the first woman to compete at the highest level of NASCAR racing. Her best finish of her 251 races – 61 in the Xfinity Series and 189 in the Monster Energy Cup Series – was a sixth place at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2014.

Patrick has spent the past six years – five of them in the Monster Energy Cup Series – in NASCAR.

As an IndyCar driver, Patrick is the only woman to win a race in 2008 in Japan.

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The 35 year old Danica Patrick began her racing career in go-karts when she was 10 years old.

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