Patrick was making her first IndyCar race since 2011 (she defected to NASCAR in the interim) and was known before the race as the one where she chose to end her career.
“I’m a little sad,” Patrick said. “I will say that I’m for sure very grateful for everybody and for being able to finish it up like I wanted to. There still were a lot of great moments this month, a lot of great moments this year. … Today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want for your last race, but I’m grateful for all of it.”
Oh, yes – Australian driver Will Power won the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske. The 37-year-old driver took the lead with four laps remaining. It was Power’s 34th career IndyCar victory, but his first in its biggest race.