Patrick also wrecked of her final race in NASCAR at the Daytona 500 earlier this year. "He's been in his yellow suit - I don't think I've seen him out of his yellow suit since we got here this month". Thus ended a career that many believe is the greatest by a female racing driver in history, one that saw her become the highest-finishing woman in the Indy 500 (third in 2009) and the Daytona 500 (eighth in 2013).
Will Power took the lead in the Indianapolis 500 with four laps to go, knew he had it won when he took the white flag all alone and spent the final lap yelling to himself as he pulled away from the field. "But I'm grateful for all of it. Wish I could have finished stronger".
"I felt bad when I turned around, and I realized (I hit) her glasses, and she was just covered in milk", Powers said.
The race marks the unofficial start to summer and one of the most-watched auto racing events in the United States. That put her in good company, as she finished ahead of three-time victor Helio Castroneves and a number of other Indy 500 winners. "I'm just so thrilled, 17 wins".
Castroneves, who also competed in the IndyCar race on the IMS road course two weeks ago, has crashed out in only two of his 18 Indy 500 starts.
In an Instagram post ahead of the race, Patrick called the day, "a chapter in the book". "I can't describe it".
Will Power can win anything now, even the Indianapolis 500, an intimidating race on an oval he hated because it marginalised his talent. "But we had some good moments". But all three needed enough gas to get to the finish line, and it was Power who was frantically chasing them down. My career, I've had so many wins, I've had so many poles but everyone talks about the (Indy) 500. ("Please Roger, can I come back", he pleaded with team owner Penske in his television interview.) Fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan, another former victor who had the lead early in the afternoon, later lost control in turn two and also exited the race.
Castroneves was running near the front before his crash. His accident was only two laps after defending Indy 500 victor Takuma Sato and another Indy-only driver, James Davison, were involved in a two-car incident.