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Nov. 21, 2017 — Goodbye, Danica

With an eruption of flames coming from under her tube-framed race machine made to look like a Ford Fusion, Danica Patrick’s full-time racing career is, for the moment, in hiatus.

She still will be running a car for next February’s Daytona 500 and will jump into a Champ Car for the Indianapolis 500, but beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess.

Patrick has been lauded since her entree into big-time American motorsports as a marketer’s dream. She led her first Indy 500 deep into the race, won an oval race at Twin Ring Motegi in 2008, and even held the pole at Daytona for her first race as a NASCAR full-time driver in the top series.

But even with a recognizable face, thousands of fans across the country, and those always nebulous “Q” ratings, she did not have a major corporate backer heading into 2018.

She is not alone.

Next year, top-level motorsports in this country will be without Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya, Greg Biffle, Casey Mears, and Helio Castroneves.

Think about that. And it’s about time we ask why this is going on.

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