There was no hiding it in her voice.
She qualified as 7th fastest out of 35 drivers vying for a spot in the legendary race, but unfortunately Patrick's racing career end with a crash, not a victory.
"Chevrolet races to win and we don't like to lose, so right after last year's race, we went right to work, left no stone unturned, and looked for performance and other efficiencies where we could find them", Kent added. She started the race from the seventh position. "She's been a great ambassador for the sport in general".
I was with him on Friday in his motorhome, and he had an air of confidence about him, really chilled out, more chilled than I've seen him at any 500. "I don't know if we have a tampering rule in IndyCar, but congrats Will".
The big story, of course, is her place in racing history.
Patrick finished 35th at the Daytona 500 in February after another crash ended her run in that race.
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The 31-year-old, who should be fit after a minor knock last weekend, said: "We have seen a lot throughout the European course". However, he said his team would be in safe hands with his loyal assistant coach German "Mono" Burgos .
Now that Patrick's career in racing has come to a close, she plans on putting her focus on her entrepreneurial goals, such as her Napa Valley vineyard, Sominum, which is Latin for "dream". Instead, Patrick crashed just 67 laps into the race and was unable to finish, ending her final Indy 500 on a sour note. Not long after she lost control of her auto it slapped the outside wall.
The final stop was a celebratory send-off that included dozens of family, friends and photographers following her every move before the finale.
Patrick's boyfriend, Aaron Rodgers, was also in Indy to watch her farewell to the track that helped make her famous. Patrick's face was glistening, sweat rolling down her back in near-record-breaking heat. I didn't realize she was behind me. I had a lot of good fortune here and did still have some this month. "It was a pretty warm day today". Drivers and teams had to rethink race strategy based on tire wear.
Patrick's highest finish in the season standings was 24th (in both 2015 and 2016), and she had an average finish of 24.1 in her career. She was taken to the medical center for further evaluation.
She answered a few questions outside the building and then got a golf cart ride for another media session. On Instagram, she confessed that the closing of her career was emotional for her. The television broadcast got piped over loudspeakers as she was trying to talk.
Still, she is respected and in some cases revered at Indianapolis, where fans still remember her leading the 2009 race before finishing third. She was surrounded by autograph-seekers all month, and she got one of the loudest ovations during driver introductions Sunday. Overall, her only win in an IndyCar race came in 2008 in Japan. "I will say that I'm for sure very grateful for everybody and for being able to finish it up like I wanted to".