Danica Patrick made a somewhat difficult decision at a crossroads. She took the NASCAR route.
That leaves a big gap every year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where she wrote some significant history, becoming the first woman to lead the Indy 500 in 2005 and, in 2009, becoming the highest-finishing woman -- at third -- in the race. The Patrick name bounced around the sweeping grandstands at Indy, and her experiences there helped to build her brand.
Now, that part of Patrick's life is at an end -- at least temporarily, possibly permanently. She hasn't ruled out the possibility of racing in the 500 again -- possibly as part of a double-duty run in the 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. But, for the most part, Indy on Memorial Day weekend is part of history for her.
"I have really fond memories," Patrick said. "I, of course, would have loved to have won the race. I feel very fortunate as a driver to have been in a position to win a few times. Definitely two times having a re...