No looking back: Danica Patrick's 35th place finish in Daytona 500 in rear mirror; she starts 7th in Indianapolis 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The roar of the cars from the Daytona 500 and her crash midway through the Great American Race is a distant memory now for Danica Patrick, who now sets her sights on the Indianapolis 500, in the 7th starting position.

Danica was taken out in a multi-car crash on lap 101 of the 200-lap Daytona 500, initiated by Chase Elliott who was trying to pass the race leader, Ryan Blaney, and instead collected  Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, David Ragan, and Patrick.

The Daytona 500 was won by Austin Dillon. Blaney would go on to finish seventh. Danica, who started 28th in the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, would finish 35th in her final NASCAR race.

Fast forward to  

FAST 9

1: Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 229.618'

2: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet, 228.761

3: Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet, 228.607

4: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet, 228.405

5: Sébastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing Honda, 228.142

6: Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 228.107

7: Danica Patrick, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 228.090

8: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, 227.262

9: Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet, 227.859

POSITIONS 10-33

10: Tony Kanaan, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet, 227.664

11: Matheus Leist, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet, 227.571

12: Marco Andretti, Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda, 227.288

13: Zachary Claman De Melo, Dale Coyne Racing Honda, 226.999

14: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda, 226.788

15: Charlie Kimball, Carlin Chevrolet, 226.657

16: Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, 226.557

17: Kyle Kaiser, Juncos Racing Chevrolet, 226.398

18: Robert Wickens, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, 226.296

19: James Davison, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet, 226.255

20: Max Chilton, Carlin Chevrolet, 226.212

21: Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda, 226.048

22: Gabby Chaves, Harding Racing Chevrolet, 226.007

23: Stefan Wilson, Andretti Autosport Honda, 225.863

24: Sage Karam, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet, 225.823

25: Zach Veach, Andretti Autosport Honda, 225.748

26: Oriol Servia, Scuderia Corsa with RLL Honda, 225.699

27: J.R. Hildebrand, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet, 225.418

28: Jay Howard, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports / AFS Racing Honda, 225.388

29: Ed Jones, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, 225.362

30: Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, 225.327

31: Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing with SPM Honda, 225.254

32: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Honda, 224.935

33: Conor Daly, Dale Coyne Racing dba Thom Burns Racing Honda, 224.429

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.