Patrick announced in November she was retiring from racing full-time and that she would conclude her career by entering the Daytona 500 and then the Indianapolis 500 in May. She will race the Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports and previously said she was close to announcing plans for the Indy 500 in May, her finale.
"He's going to be here to support me and he's excited", Patrick told AP. He was my engineer back in 2009 (with Andretti Autosport). I've kept in touch with him since I left INDYCAR. But an apparently inadvertent slip of the tongue at Wednesday's Media Day at Daytona turned attention back on her upcoming Indianapolis 500 return. "Like a lot of drivers, she was on the map, but Indy is what established her to the mainstream".
She announced late previous year her intent to retire from racing after competing in the two marquee races once more. Join the Beyond the Flag team!
"I think Ed's team can give Danica the speed she is looking for in the race", said two-time Indianapolis 500 winning driver Al Unser, Jr., who works for Harding Racing in the IndyCar Series. "I wasn't planning on talking about it (Wednesday night)". Until we get the right pieces put together there is no way to move forward. When we do, we attract someone that sees us just the same. And Danica's return to Indy is going to be as big, if not bigger, than those other stories. "We're excited for it and we're building some fast cars hopefully". She has not driven in the Indianapolis 500 or in any IndyCar race since the 2011 season.
"She has high expectations". "When we look at running extra cars, we always want it to be a good situation and Danica certainly fits the bill there". However, despite being confirmed, details on which team she is set to drive for in this race have not yet been revealed.
Sunday, Patrick will be the only woman driving at Daytona.
Carpenter is also the driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet on the ovals with Jordan King of England in that auto for the street and road courses on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Spencer Pigot is driving the team's No. 21 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevy in all 17 races this season.
"I didn't have time to meet up with Ed and the people that".
"Clearly, we are busy right now testing in Phoenix and things at Daytona are kicking off today". The race airs live on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network beginning at 11 a.m. ET May 27.
Practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 begins May 15, with two days of qualifications on May 19-20.