Danica Patrick’s final race as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ended early in Miami following a wreck on Lap 142 that brought out the caution, and produced some flames in her No. 10 Ford.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver drilled the wall in Turn 2, her car previously hampered by a tire rub. This crumpled her Stewart-Haas Racing machine, collecting Kasey Kahne in the incident.
“I hit the wall in (Turns) 3 and 4 and just got a tire rub, blew the right rear; I think it was a right rear,” a disappointed Patrick said. “It’s kind of just the story of the year … I’d start to run better and things would happen. Yeah, that was my fault, it’s my fault I hit the wall. But I asked if it looked OK and they said it looked alright and it blew.”
On Friday, Patrick announced the 2017 finale would be her final race as a full-time Monster Energy Series driver. She will run the 2018 Daytona 500 — which is a silver lining, she said.
“What I’m not looking forward to is I have to go sit in my bus and wait for everyone to get done with the race before I can go home,” she said with a laugh. “That sucks, but I think that what’s coming ahead is bright for me and for the way it feels, so I’m excited.”