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February 19, 2013

Danica at a key career moment after life changes

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Those three highlights were about it for Patrick, who never finished higher than fifth in the standings and had just seven podium finishes in 115 career starts. But she was IndyCar’s biggest star and the spotlight rarely reached any other drivers, which wasn’t lost on her fellow competitors.
 
Patrick makes no apologies for the attention she receives, and is taking a no-regrets attitude about much of her life. She’s left behind IndyCar, maybe for good — she’s sitting out the Indianapolis 500 for a second straight year — and she walked away from an unhappy marriage. She doesn’t always like the things the Danica marketing machine wants her to do, but she’s a businesswoman who learned a long time ago from Bobby Rahal to prepare for a life after racing.
 
If there’s anything she would do over, Patrick isn’t saying.
 
“I say that I learned an incredible amount in my 20s about everything, and about myself came at the end,” she said. “I learned a lot about people, relationships, business, employees. I enjoyed it all, and I learned a lot.
 
“But I think it took me all the way until the last year how happy it makes me to be able to be myself, and how much I like myself. And you know, you take it or leave it. That’s it. This is me, people can take it or leave it.”
 
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