Barely 10 laps after the Sato/Davison crash, Ed Jones snagged the inside curb at Turn 4 and swung up into the wall; 11 laps after that, the book shut on one of the great pre-race subplots when Danica Patrick lost the rear of her ECR auto and ended her career against the Turn 2 barriers.
"Is that like the Oscars where they play you off with music?" she joked.
Liz Power reached for the empty milk bottle, then pointed out to her husband that he'd sprayed milk all over one of the Indy 500 princesses. "But probably anything in between might just be a little part of a big story, so I kind of feel like that's how it is".
"I'm not really sure what happened", a dejected Patrick said after coming out of the care center. "It still was a lot of great memories this month, a lot of great moments this year".
The 36-year-old American climbed out of the vehicle and appeared uninjured.
Patrick left IndyCar and moved on to stock cars in 2012, but never won a race.
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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. "Where is the 'Taps" and the anthem? "I had all my people around me, so I was in good spirits". Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race in 2008 when she won the Indy Japan 300.
Honda didn't win the race but did manage to put six of its cars in the top 10.
As she moves away from racing, Patrick has her Warrior clothing line, Somnium wine and her latest book Pretty Intense - a nutrition and fitness guide -to fill her time previously spent racing. She plans to focus on her business and entrepreneur opportunities in retirement.
"I was wondering if I would ever win here", Power said in a post-race interview on ABC. I saw an opportunity; I just misjudged the tires a little bit.
" I'm just... 'I have to get these guys, I don't know how much fuel they've got, but this is the restart of my life.' With one to go, I'm screaming 'I've got this.' Unbelievable".
"I was definitely nervous", she said.