Patrick's final NASCAR race ends in crash



Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers exchanged a pre-race good luck kiss before the start of Sunday's Daytona 500.

Patrick, 35, debuted in the Cup series in the 2012 Daytona 500 and got caught up in a wreck on Lap 2 of the event.

That was not the case Sunday.

The multi-car accident was the second major wreck of the day after Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr and Ty Dillon were all caught up in an accident on Lap 60 (end of Stage 1). She said her dad would build a lot of cars himself, so there were always engines lying around on the farm where they lived. "Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team".

Stock vehicle racing's most successful female driver fell victim to a multi-car crash mid-race.

"But it just wasn't meant to be today".

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Patrick plans to race in her final IndyCar race at the Indianapolis Speedway on May 27.

Patrick, who was racing her No. 7 auto in the middle of the drafting pack, could not avoid a spinning Elliott.

"Not the fastest auto, it was definitely lethargic getting up to speed on the starts and when we checked up, but other than that it ran really well", she said. "I'm just sad that it ended that way".

After jokingly wondering, "Did they make a mistake?" asking her to wave the green flag to begin the race, Theron explained how, unlike many honorary racing guests, she's a fan of the sport and has some very amateur experience doing it.

At the Daytona 500 in 2013, she was the first female to win a pole, lead laps and score a top-10 finish.

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