Following its unofficial revelation before the Daytona 500, Ed Carpenter Racing officially confirmed Wednesday that Danica Patrick will conclude her motorsports career by driving for the team at the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Patrick will carry the familiar colors of longtime sponsor GoDaddy Inc. in the No.13 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Patrick announced her intentions to finish her racing career by competing in two final 500-mile races. Dubbed the “Danica Double,” she participated in the 2018 Daytona 500 in February and has now turned her focus to the Indianapolis 500 with Ed Carpenter Racing. “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will also mark her return to the Verizon IndyCar Series, where she scored 63 top-10 finishes over a seven-year career before moving to stock car racing in 2012.
“I love how everything is coming full-circle,” she said “I am going to close out my racing career at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the place where so many amazing things have happened for me. Ed Carpenter Racing is consistently competitive at Indy. I can’t think of a better way to finish out my racing career than at the Indianapolis 500 with this team and GoDaddy.”
Carpenter, the only driver/owner competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, added: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to be the team to power Danica in her final race, and to do it together here in Indianapolis is especially significant for ECR. When you consider the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is where Danica first made her mark in racing, it’s easy to see why this is the perfect way for her to end her career.”
The team says Patrick chose her car number herself. Though generally considered unlucky, she selected the No. 13 simply because she liked it.
“Back in the day, the color green was also said to be bad luck in racing,” she said referencing the GoDaddy green from her Indy cars that has since become iconic. “I think it’s cool. I’m a firm believer that superstitions are only real if you believe them.”
Patrick will join two teammates to complete the team’s three-car line-up. Indianapolis native Carpenter will drive the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet in his 15th 500. Spencer Pigot will be competing in his third Indy 500 and first with ECR in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet.
Patrick will be back behind the wheel of an Indy car on March 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She will spend the day testing an Ed Carpenter Racing team car on the 2.5-mile oval during a Chevrolet manufacturer test. Official practice for the Indianapolis 500 begins on Tuesday, May 15 with the 500-mile race taking place on Sunday, May 27.