Danica Patrick may be set to end her racing career in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, but her prominent place as a public figure shows no signs of slowing down. ESPN has announced that Patrick will become the first woman to host this year’s ESPYS, thereby breaking another barrier when she takes the microphone for the network’s 26th annual awards show July 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
“My first ESPYS was 2005, and I have been a fan, coming back every year since,” Patrick told ESPN.com. “It is the biggest night of the year for sports. Every year, I leave feeling so inspired! I am excited to be able to help celebrate, laugh and cry about the past year in sports with everyone. It’s going to be a great night and one full of more than a few surprises.”
Patrick will start on the inside of Row 3 in the Indy 500 in her GoDaddy Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, in what is scheduled to be the final race of her career before retirement. Teammate Ed Carpenter starts from the pole.