Danica Patrick crashes out of final race at Indianapolis 500

Racing driver Danica Patrick's historic career as a full-time driver ended today in a crash at the Indianapolis 500 race in Indiana.

"I mean, today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want from your last race", she said, "but I'm grateful for all of it".

But it's a race where lots can happen, you can never get content even if things are looking good and you've got a quick vehicle.

"Please Roger, I've got to go back", he said into a television camera. He posted throughout the day about the race, and he even streamed the whole event from inside his vehicle. "I couldn't stop screaming". Power then held off pole victor Ed Carpenter over the final few laps for the victory. I was here when he finished P2 in 2015, and in the motorhome afterwards I could see how much that hurt.

"To be able to race on Memorial Day in the biggest sporting event in the world, have America the way it is, that's what I'm going to take away from this race, " Penske said. My career, I've had so many wins, I've had so many poles but everyone talks about the (Indy) 500. Many fans were thrilled by Power's win, particularly those in his native home of Australia.

"I was definitely nervous", she said. One last strong showing in Indianapolis would be a nice sendoff for one of the most important women in auto racing history.

Power - the 2014 IndyCar Series champion - was so excited about his victory, but he wisely chose to only have a sip of his celebratory bottle of milk. Defending race victor Takuma Sato, Danica Patrick, Sebastien Bourdais, three-time victor Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan lost control and wrecked. His accident was only two laps after defending Indy 500 victor Takuma Sato and another Indy-only driver, James Davison, were involved in a two-car incident.

Power hits the finish line for victory. "I don't think people know who I am down there". Kanaan's crash with 12 laps remaining set up a final restart with Oriol Servia out front. Maybe someday he'll race for me.

According to the National Weather Service, it was 91 degrees at the track - the second-hottest Indy 500 on record after hitting 92 degrees in 1937 - but drinking the milk is tradition.

Carpenter scored his best Indy 500 finish, beating his fifth position in 2008, having started the race on pole and leading convincingly in the first half of the action.

  • Tracy Klein