Danica Patrick crashes in Indianapolis 500

Danica Patrick crashes in Indianapolis 500

It's always special to be here at Indy, but I've been with him on four Sunday nights after the race where he's disappointed and we have had a deep-and-meaningful for hours.

"I honestly was beginning to believe I was never going to win this race", he admitted amid the victory lane celebration. The advantage of stalking and sling-shotting past a leader was eliminated.

Power is considered by many to be the best IndyCar driver now competing. "He'll figure that one out for me". It was about your speed.

Instead, as one of the most marketable athletes in North America Patrick has been able to turn her fame into businesses ranging from wine to a clothing line, opportunities that she said would keep her busy. Defending champion Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver to win, crashed into the struggling vehicle of James Davison from behind, taking both cars off the track. The auto was good.

"I tried to avoid everything, but sorry, I couldn't avoid it", Sato said. Not long after she lost control of her vehicle it slapped the outside wall. She has been checked, released and cleared from the infield hospital following the crash.

Still, she is respected and in some cases revered at Indianapolis, where fans still remember her leading the 2009 race before finishing third.

This was not what she imagined. Throughout her career, Patrick made eight appearances in the Indianapolis 500 and finished in the top 10 during six of those.

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"I'm not really sure what happened", a dejected Patrick said after coming out of the care center.

"I'm just like 'I have to get these guys, I don't know how much fuel they've got, this is the restart of my life, '" Power said. I mean, today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want for your last race. "When we were third with 50 laps to go, I thought we were in good shape".

Just laps after leading on a pit cycle, Bourdais lost control on Lap 139 and backed the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda into the SAFER Barrier in Turns 3 and 4.

Power took out the 102nd running of IndyCar's flagship race, his first triumph and Team Penske's 17th.

After last season, Penske moved Castroneves from his full-time IndyCar ride to the Penske sports-car Acura team starting this season with the promise of fielding a vehicle for the Indianapolis 500. Hunter-Reay plied through tire smoke to barely avoid contact as Castroneves skidded hard backward into an interior SAFER Barrier. "It's just awesome." Power extended team owner Roger Penske's record of 17 wins in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing", and it completed a sweep of May in Indianapolis for him.

"I was definitely nervous", she said. He is the first Australian victor in 102 editions of the race, and joined countryman Daniel Ricciardo as winners on the biggest day of the year in motorsports.

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