Instead, Patrick crashed just 67 laps into the race and was unable to finish, ending her final Indy 500 on a sour note.
"Today was really disappointing for what we were hoping for and what you want for your last race", Patrick said during an in-race interview with ABC. I've had a lot of good fortune here, and did still have some this month. "I'm just so thrilled, 17 wins". "It was a pretty warm day today".
"I guess I'll stop there". Power then held off pole victor Ed Carpenter over the final few laps for the victory. "Wish I could have finished stronger".
"To be able to race on Memorial Day in the biggest sporting event in the world, have America the way it is, that's what I'm going to take away from this race, " Penske said.
"In a couple of days I'll feel better about this finish", added Carpenter. He is the only active driver with three Indy 500 wins and has been eager to get a fourth. "I can't think of a more cool way to be done". Her highest finish in the Indianapolis 500 was third in 2009. She said that her team wasn't sure what caused the crash, but the data showed "a little lift in the middle, a little understeer, then back to it and it just swung".
"Chevrolet races to win and we don't like to lose, so right after last year's race, we went right to work, left no stone unturned, and looked for performance and other efficiencies where we could find them", Kent added. "I'll look forward. We have to be back next year".
While there was plenty of disappointment in Patrick's words there was not a hint of regret, having been steadfast in the buildup to Sunday's race she would not get behind the wheel again and had no interest in being involved as an owner or mentor to young racers.
Honda didn't win the race but did manage to put six of its cars in the top 10. It was a good moment. The list included three-time victor Helio Castroneves, the retiring Danica Patrick, 2013 race victor Tony Kanaan and four-time series champ Sebastien Bourdais. Kanaan's crash with 12 laps remaining set up a final restart with Oriol Servia out front.
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.