Danica Patrick will close her professional racing career with a familiar partner.
Patrick announced Thursday on her website and social media that her two-race farewell tour in 2018 — dubbed the “Danica Double” — will be sponsored by longtime backer GoDaddy. Patrick, however, still does not have a ride for the two races. She deemed the sponsorship reunion “perfect” for her final races in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.
“Back together in @godaddy green,” Patrick tweeted on Thursday morning, “and it feels so good!”
After competing in the Daytona 500 next month, Patrick’s final race will be in May at the Indianapolis 500, where in her 2005 rookie season, she made history as the first woman to lead the most laps, 19.
Patrick is expected to announce her rides for the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 “very soon,” a person with knowledge of the talks with teams but not authorized to speak publicly because nothing has been finalized told USA TODAY Sports.
GoDaddy, the Internet domain and web-hosting company, signed Patrick at the start of her career and served as the primary sponsor during Patrick’s transition from IndyCar Racing to NASCAR in 2010. Patrick starred in more than a dozen Super Bowl commercials boosting the GoDaddy brand — and her own.
“There’s this great story: I left IndyCar with GoDaddy on my car, I started NASCAR with GoDaddy on my car, I’m most recognized as the GoDaddy green car and driver, and so to finish up my career that way feels appropriate,” Patrick toldThe Associated Press.
Patrick announced in November that she would end her driving career with those two major races, but funding was not finalized. She told the AP that she reached out to former GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons last month about a reunion.
GoDaddy will also sponsor Patrick in her post-racing career, bolstering her online presence for business endeavors related to health, apparel and wine.
“This is definitely the way I want to finish my racing career – at these two iconic races, backed by my iconic, long-time sponsor,” Patrick said on her website.