INDIANAPOLIS – The Danica Double didn’t end the way that she thought it would. Patrick, started the double back in February in the Daytona 500 where she started 28th and finished 35th after being collected in the Lap 102 “big one” in Turn 3.
In Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, her final start ever, she crashed out on Lap 67 in Turn 2. The single car incident would cause her to finish 30th in the 500-mile race, leaving her with two sub 30th place finishes and two crashes in her final two races of her storied career.
Patrick, was running 17th at the moment of the impact with the Turn 2 SAFER barrier at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when her No. 13 Chevrolet stepped out from under her without any warning. She’d make heavy impact with the outside SAFER barrier before coming down and hitting the inside wall as well.
It was her first crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Her previous seven starts, Patrick finished inside the top 10 in six of them, including a career-best effort of third in 2009. She started fourth and finished there in her rookie year in 2005.
After a solid outing this month, she qualified her Ed Carpenter Racing entry seventh, but quickly fell back to 12th. She’d remain from 12th to 17th the rest of the way until she found the wall.