Danica Patrick Retiring: Watch Her Make the Emotional Announcement

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Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick surprised many when she announced during a press conference Friday that the 2017 season will be her last one as a full-time NASCAR driver.

Patrick, 35, held back tears as she made the announcement as she was fielding questions from reporters at Martinsville Speedway.

“I feel like this is where my life should be headed and sometimes we just get nudged there,” Patrick said. “Sometimes its big nudges and sometimes it’s little. But I definitely was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I’ve never faced before — I’ve never had sponsorship issues. But it made me think about things. I’m excited about the next phase, trust me.”

Patrick broke down to tears as she mentioned her family and the support they’ve provided her since she moved from the IndyCar Series to NASCAR.

Watch a video of her emotional announcement below: