Danica Patrick has announced she will retire from full-time racing at the end of the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season, with plans to appear in both the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 next year before hanging up her helmet for good.
Patrick, 35, raced in IndyCar between 2005 and 2011 before moving into NASCAR with Stewart-Haas Racing.
The team confirmed earlier this year it would be parting company with Patrick at the end of the season, with the American racer deciding to take the opportunity to call time on her full-time racing career.
Patrick revealed on Friday it would not be before making a final appearance at two of motorsport’s most famous 500-mile races, culminating with a swansong appearance in the Indy 500 next May.
“Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out: ‘What about Indy? Let’s end it with the Indy 500,'” Patrick told the Associated Press.
“This ignites something in me. But I am done after May. Everyone needs to put their mind there. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I’m done.”
Patrick took one race win during her time in IndyCar, at Motegi in 2008, and has been the one of the most visible female racers in North America throughout her racing career.
Patrick will make her final full-time appearance in NASCAR for Stewart-Haas Racing this weekend in Miami at the 2017 season finale.