In the hours after a crash eliminated her from the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, Danica Patrick reflected on her career, and the reasons why it was so hard for her to say goodbye to racing.
“Goodbye race track, until May,” Danica wrote in an Instagram post on Feb. 19, referring to the fact that she will be back on the track at the upcoming Indianapolis 500 in the spring. “Thank you for the memories NASCAR and Daytona.”
After taking a bit of a social media break in the days after Daytona, Danica was soon back on Instagram showing off her talents off the track with a pic of a difficult yoga pose. And if that wasn’t beautiful enough, the sea and the sunshine in the background made for quite a gorgeous pic.
Indeed, Feb. 25 will mark the first NASCAR race in which Danica won’t be taking the green flag in quite some time, but that won’t stop fans from following the sport that includes superstars such as Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will roll into Atlanta this weekend for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“I led 292 laps last year at Atlanta and screwed it up with a speeding penalty at the end of the race,” Kevin said in a recent interview with “USA Today” about NASCAR’s last visit to Atlanta. “But I think if you would talk to the garage in general, this is one of the drivers’ favorite tracks. I think the reason is that the tires wear out so fast, cars slide around and you just have to do so much behind the wheel to be able to make your car go around the corner all day. It’s a very fun place to race but, for me, it’s been frustrating because we’ve run so well through the years there and only been to victory lane one time. It’s a place we want to go to and run well and hopefully they keep putting a lot of patches down.”