Danica Patrick crashes out of final race at Indianapolis 500

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He was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital complaining of neck pain.

Danica Patrick's signature green Go Daddy auto hits the wall as Alexander Rossi steers clear midway through Sunday's Indy 500 - ending the day for Patrick in her final race.

Patrick, 36, had those same thoughts as she returned to Indianapolis after her 2005 debut at the track that sparked her career. Patrick was third in the 500 in 2009. On Instagram, she confessed that the closing of her career was emotional for her. She finished in the top 10 at Indy six different times.

"First thing I said was that I'm not really sure what happened", said Patrick. "It just didn't come on race day". Turn 2 did seem a little bit more edgy than some of the other corners, but I can't say that at that point in time I was on edge or that I felt like it was. I do feel like it was pretty unexpected.

"I think it just goes to show that these Indycars are tough to drive".

"It was definitely not the way I wanted to end, of course".

"It just didn't come on race day but we had some good moments".

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"I've had a lot of good fortune here and had some here this month".

Power, who started on the front row of the 500-mile (805 kilometres), 200-lap race, was on the charge after the final caution, coming home ahead of polesitter Ed Carpenter and 2008 victor Scott Dixon of New Zealand. Patrick became the first woman to clinch a pole position and holds the most starts, laps led and top-tens for a woman in the Cup Series in NASCAR.

In more than a century of racing at the famed speedway only three men - AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr and Rick Mears - have finished the 500 on Victory Lane four times and Sunday's race may have been Castroneves's last shot at joining them. Hunter-Reay plied through tire smoke to barely avoid contact as Castroneves skidded hard backward into an interior SAFER Barrier.

Patrick has been a polarizing figure, and that only increased when she moved from IndyCar to NASCAR.

"Can't believe I came all the way from Toowoomba to be a professional driver and I never expected to be here", screamed Power.

Penske was noncommittal about the plea but called Castroneves "one of our best guys". Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Sebastien Bourdais and Danica Patrick were among those who crashed in single-car spins.

IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick puts on her helmet prior to the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.