Less than a week after Danica Patrick’s final race as a full-time driver, she’s already contemplating her next move in the sport.
Patrick has said that after next year’s Daytona 500 and the Indy 500, she’ll be hanging it up for good. But, it’s starting to look like that won’t be the end of Patrick and her affiliation with NASCAR. She has held talks with NBC Sports about a possible career as an on-air personality according to Sports Media Watch, quoting USA Today. Earlier this year, she worked as a pit reporter for Fox Sports “Drivers Only”.
Since she entered the Monster Energy Cup Series in 2012, Patrick has been one of the most popular drivers. Not only has she been the most successful woman in the history of NASCAR, but she’s also the first woman to full-time car at the top level of competition in both NASCAR and IndyCar.
In 2009 she finished in third place at the Indianapolis 500 and in 2013 she finished in eighth place at the Daytona 500, her first race as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy Cup Series.
Her career has been filled with firsts. She’s the first and only woman to win a pole in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, first woman to lead the Daytona 500, and first woman to lead Cup Series race under green.
From 2005-2010, she was voted the IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver and in 2005 she won IndyCar Series, Rookie of the Year honors. in 2008 she won the Indy Japan 300, making her the first and only woman to win a race in the series.
In her NASCAR career, she hasn’t seen the same success as she did in Indy, but she still has one race remaining in each. With 1,000 miles left in her racing career, she still has opportunities to add to her legacy.