Danica Patrick gets emotional while announcing she's retiring from NASCAR in 2018

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The 35-year-old Patrick paused several times to compose herself to announce that she will race only in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 next year and then she will walk away from a sport where success was elusive even as she grew into a superstar with multiple labels, not the least of which was savvy businesswoman. She competed in the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011, when she moved full time to NASCAR. It took "months" to come to the realization that retirement was in her future.

Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I Love NY 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 6, 2017 in Watkins Glen, New York. She has said on numerous occasions that she was done with Indy auto racing in any capacity.

"I don't necessarily feel like I was pushed into doing this, ' Patrick said while sobbing". She has not yet announced which team she will drive for, but did say that she does not anticipate a return to NASCAR. Her contract concludes after the season finale on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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"I was talking to my agent, Alan (Zucker) about how I wasn't having any fun this year", Patrick said. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons. Her best finish in the standings was 5th, which she pulled off in the 2009 season.

The first woman in history to win a Verizon IndyCar Series race has announced plans to retire.

Stewart also credits Patrick for helping him expand the Stewart-Haas Racing team to four cars.

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