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Danica Patrick has revealed that the sign-off to her racing career in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 will be with Ed Carpenter Racing.
Representatives from Chip Ganassi Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsport, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing confirmed to Autosport this week that they would not be running Patrick in the 500, and all indications suggested she would run a third ECR car.
Speaking to media members at the Daytona 500 media day, when quizzed on her Indy 500 prospects Patrick said: “Actually I didn’t have time to meet up with Ed and the people that … oh, did I say that out loud? I’ve never done that in my career.”
Carpenter, a two-time Indy 500 pole-winner and the only full-time owner/driver in IndyCar will enter three cars for the 102nd running of the race – for himself, Spencer Pigot and Patrick.
The deal – which was rumored to be made official at an unveiling in the Indianapolis Hall of Fame museum next month – means that Patrick’s final two races will be at the wheel of a Chevrolet-badged vehicle. She will compete in the Daytona 500 in a Premium Motorsport Camaro.