Danica Patrick slips and announces that she will drive for ECR in the 2018 Indy 500
“I didn’t have time to meet up with Ed and the people that….did I really say that out loud?” Patrick said. “Did I just do that? Shit. I’ve never done that in my career. The car they have now is more downforce than I raced in 2011. It’s less than they had before but it’s more than I had when I raced there.
“I better shut up and leave before I get into more trouble. Shoot.”
“It’s been a long day already,” Patrick said. “I shouldn’t have said that.
Hours later, Danica Patrick talked more about the race. The cat is out of the bag, early.
“I never thought I’d run the Indy 500, again. And I’m doing that,” Patrick told ABC News. “I didn’t think I was going to cry at the press conference and I did. So, I just keep surprising myself. This seems like a little bit of a regression thing cause I slipped.”
“I’m super excited to run for Ed.”
‘Ed” was clearly in reference to Ed Carpenter Racing. They field 3 cars in the Verizon Indycar Series. Drivers for the team include; Ed Carpenter, Jordan King and Spencer Pigot.
Moments later the team issued a tweet. The tweet was short and simple, “So, what’s new?”
Ed Carpenter later confirmed the news himself. That statement is posted below.
“There are a lot of positives that I see in having a program that would involve Danica and being a part of her final race,” Carpenter said.
“May in general is pretty crazy. There’s so much going on. Managing your time and focus is always key, so I think those challenges would be the same, maybe just under a bigger microscope. But that challenge of maintaining our focus and sticking to the game plan is the same every year,” Carpenter concluded.
Tonight, Danica Patrick will run in the Daytona Duel with Premium Motorsports. On Sunday, she’ll run the Daytona 500 capping off her career in NASCAR.
The 2018 Indy 500 is scheduled for May 27, 2018. It will be the 102nd running of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway event. Danica Patrick has a best finish of 3rd in the Indy 500, that result came in 2009.
The 2018 Indy 500 will be Danica Patrick’s final start before she hangs up the helmet.