This will likely come as no surprise, but Danica Patrick won’t be making a return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2016.
Via azcentral.com’s Michael Knight, Patrick has confirmed she won’t attempt a double – a la Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch in 2014 – to coincide with the 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” a race that in 2005 launched Patrick into the national stratosphere.
Patrick said via Knight: “Nothing is in the works and I don’t have any plans to pursue it.”
Patrick raced in the event from 2005 through 2011, her last season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The 2011 race marked the Centennial of the first Indianapolis 500, but was only the race’s 95th running.
While her run to fourth her rookie year with Rahal Letterman Racing garnered national headlines and the following week’s cover of Sports Illustrated, it was actually in 2009 where she scored her best race finish of third, then driving with Andretti Green Racing.
Busch in 2014 was the last NASCAR driver to attempt a double, and won that year’s rookie-of-the-year honors with a sixth place finish driving for Andretti Autosport.
AJ Allmendinger also ran the race in 2013 for Team Penske, albeit in a hybrid partial IndyCar/partial NASCAR campaign.