Patrick's career comes to crashing end at Indy 500

Monday, 28 May, 2018

"And he did it".

Wilson, making his second Indy 500 start and only third career IndyCar Series start, was forced to surrender the lead, pitting for fuel with four laps remaining and handing the lead to Power.

He's done it: Will Power wins the Indy500. Sunday marks Power's first win in the race that included seven crashes. "I was wondering if I would ever win it".

"I just screamed like I've never screamed before".

Danica Patrick's final Indianapolis 500, meanwhile, ended the same way her final Daytona 500 ended in February: with a crash that wouldn't allow her to finish the race.

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.

After the anthem, she hugged her parents and sister and then got a long embrace from Rodgers.

However, previous year Patrick retired from NASCAR, finishing her tenure at the 2018 Daytona 500. One of her breakout moments came 13 years ago with a fourth-place finish at the 2005 Indy 500, and she regularly competed at the event through 2011. Overall, her only win in an IndyCar race came in 2008 in Japan.

Patrick said earlier this week she had no regrets about her career, and that she doesn't think she will have the itch to come back. "I wish I could have finished stronger". "I had all my people around me, so I was in good spirits".

In an Instagram post ahead of the race, Patrick called the day, "a chapter in the book". "But we had some good moments".

Indianapolis 500 runner-up Ed Carpenter says he is kicking himself for not attacking race victor Will Power on an earlier restart when he had the chance.

"It was definitely not the way that I wanted it to end", she said softly.

Afterward, Powers shared another reason why he didn't want to chug but still had a sip, joking: "I'm not supposed to eat dairy, but I didn't care". I feel like collapsing.

"I thought the guys' stops were great, the whole time, there was one out-lap where I caught a weird string of traffic, and that's all it takes".

It gave team owner Roger Penske a 17th win in the Indy 500 and it was Power's second straight victory this season.

Patrick was one of many big names to leave the track in frustration.