INDIANAPOLIS – Ed Carpenter Racing finally made official on Wednesday what leaked out during Daytona 500 Media Day in February: that Danica Patrick will conclude her driving career by competing with the team in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on May 27.
Adorning Patrick’s No. 13 ECR Dallara-Chevrolet will be the familiar colors of longtime sponsor GoDaddy Inc., the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures.
Patrick announced in November her intentions to finish her racing career by competing in two final 500-mile races. Dubbed the “Danica Double,” she participated in the 2018 Daytona 500 in February and has now turned her focus to the Indianapolis 500 with Ed Carpenter Racing.
“The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will also mark her return to the Verizon IndyCar Series, where she scored 63 top-10 finishes over a seven-year career before moving to stock car racing in 2012.
“I love how everything is coming full circle. I am going to close out my racing career at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the place where so many amazing things have happened for me,” said Patrick. “I’m back in GoDaddy green and joining a great team. Ed Carpenter Racing is consistently competitive at Indy. I can’t think of a better way to finish out my racing career than at the Indianapolis 500 with this team and GoDaddy.”
Ed Carpenter Racing is the eponymous team of Ed Carpenter, the only driver/owner competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The 2018 season will mark Carpenter’s 16th season of Indy car competition and his seventh year of team ownership.
Ed Carpenter Racing has qualified a car on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 four of the past five years, including Carpenter’s back-to-back pole positions in 2013 and 2014 and his second-place qualifying effort in 2017.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to be the team to power Danica in her final race, and to do it together here in Indianapolis is especially significant for ECR,” added Carpenter. “When you consider the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is where Danica first made her mark in racing, it’s easy to see why this is the perfect way for her to end her career.”
In addition to being the only woman to win a Verizon IndyCar Series race, the Indy Japan 300 in 2008, Patrick brings an impressive resume back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She raced into the spotlight as the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and was awarded Rookie of the Year honors.
In seven attempts, Patrick has earned six top-10 finishes in the world-renowned race. She also qualified on the second row in 2008 and finished third in 2009.
For the 2018 Indianapolis 500, Patrick chose her car number herself. Though generally considered unlucky, she selected the No. 13 simply because she liked it.
“Back in the day, the color green was also said to be bad luck in racing,” she said, referencing the GoDaddy green from her Indy cars that has since become iconic. “I think it’s cool. I’m a firm believer that superstitions are only real if you believe them.”
Patrick completes a three-driver, all-American ECR lineup that includes Carpenter and Florida young gun Spencer Pigot.
CREDIT: Ed Carpenter Racing