Danica Patrick and GoDaddy officially unveiled on Friday the paint scheme for her car as well as Patrick’s new uniform for her final Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 (assuming that she qualifies for the race).
GoDaddy rejoins Patrick after beginning their relationship with Patrick back in 2007 and becoming her main sponsor for the 2010 IndyCar season, moving with her over to NASCAR in 2012 before ending their sponsorship after the 2015 season. (The photo above was taken in that final season.)
Now they are back together and Patrick is once again rocking their signature green as she ends her racing career with what she’s calling the “Danica Double” — competing in February’s Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in May.
“It’s kind of like ‘back to the future’ seeing the iconic GoDaddy green back on the No. 7 Chevy,” Danica said (via ESPN). “The good energy just keeps flowing into Daytona. I’ve landed in a wonderful place. The process to get here, on the verge of my final races, is proof that you just can’t force things. You really have to keep pushing and let things flow because your story could end up better than you ever dreamed – you really have to put it out there and believe.”
During her racing career, Patrick competed in NASCAR for five seasons, 190 races in the Cup Series, scoring just seven top ten finishes with an average starting position of 25th and average finishing position of 24th. She also competed in 61 races in what is now referred to as the NASCAR Xfinity Series, also earning seven top tens. Patrick also spent seven seasons in IndyCar scoring one win and seven podiums (top three finishes) in 115 races.
Despite her overall lack of success, Patrick did achieve several firsts including becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar Series by winning the 2008 Indy Japan 300, the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500, the first woman to win a pole in the Daytona 500 and a NASCAR Cup Series race, the first woman to lead the Daytona 500, and the first woman to lead the Coca-Cola 600.
Hopefully, considering her achievements, Patrick’s final Daytona 500 will not end with a sight all too familiar to NASCAR fans over the years.
Godspeed, Danica. And good luck with Aaron.