There was no mistaking the love. She soaked in the cheers and good wishes and was genuinely moved by the standing ovation she received from the sold-out crowd.
Patrick has confirmed this will be the final race of her NASCAR career, and shared a picture on Instagram thanking those who stood beside her.
Patrick never truly lived up to the unrealistic expectations that followed her throughout her NASCAR career.
She said she was proud of staying competitive in a race that was already hampered by crashes Sunday afternoon.
"The whole thing was picture flawless with GoDaddy being on that vehicle, and it being green again, but it just wasn't meant to I guess today", says Patrick. That is all you can do. "That's the gamble about Daytona".
"He said his last Daytona didn't go well either and I was like, 'Oh, wow".
"I'm grateful for everything".
"Still have one more", Patrick said. "It is not a stock vehicle, but still have one more".
There was no fairytale ending for Danica Patrick. Patrick is the only woman to win an IndyCar race and to start from pole at the Daytona 500.
"I'm just sad that it ended that way". "I told her I was really honored that she asked me to come to do this deal".
This was the third straight time she's wrecked out of a Daytona 500 race.
"We were right where we needed to be but had to finish to pull it off".
The 35-year-old Patrick was accompanied by members of her family before the race kicked off, according to the Orlando Sentinel. She capped things off with one final ride here in Daytona and in a fit of nostalgia, she was even driving the familiar green GoDaddy.com Chevrolet. Rodgers also joined her on pit road to give her a good luck kiss. "Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team". I think every driver would.
"I've been in racing my whole life and I saw that she was different". Would we like to have better results?