But the news of her potentially running both the "Great American Race" and the "Greatest Spectacle In Racing" is obviously the more intriguing development.
"I'm not totally done", Patrick said.
"That is my plan", Patrick said. "I think it's going to be a great way to cap it off".
Patrick would not reveal who she planned to drive with for these races, however, the Associated Press notes that Chip Ganassi Racing may offer her a drive at Indy, and she will not be returning to drive with Stewart-Haas for Daytona.
The races? The Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.
Patrick will step away from full-time NASCAR competition following this weekend's season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, although she plans to compete at next year's Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, with the Indy race being the last of her career.
An emotional Danica Patrick announces this will be her final season as a full-time driver. In 2015 and 2016, she finished the Cup Series season in 24th place, her best overall season finish. "I mean, it's twice the field of Indy cars". SHR replaced her with Aric Almirola. But I definitely was faced with situations at the beginning of the year that I had never faced before. It made me think about things. I tried every approach, and, really, all that ended up happening was I lost my crew chief the first time around with Tony Gibson.
I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get.
Patrick's fame was launched in IndyCar, and her relationship with former sponsor GoDaddy made her one of the most recognizable female athletes anywhere, from Super Bowl commercials to race days in the green-and-black firesuit.
"I don't feel like I was necessarily pushed into this. I want to be remembered for the things that went well".