She started this race seventh on the grid, racing with pole-sitting team owner Ed Carpenter and was racing 17th when the back end of her auto came around in the second turn and carried her into the wall.
Patrick, 36, had those same thoughts as she returned to Indianapolis after her 2005 debut at the track that sparked her career.
Danica Patrick will also be competing in the final race of her career as her farewell tour comes to a close. Patrick became the first woman to clinch a pole position and holds the most starts, laps led and top-tens for a woman in the Cup Series in NASCAR.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Takuma Sato lasted just 47 laps in defense of his 2017 race victory, plowing into the back of a much slower James Davison in Turn 3. If I win, people will remember that.
She also crashed at Daytona in February and finished 35th. She finished 23rd at Sao Paulo in 2011, before making the move to NASCAR after the 2011 IndyCar season.
Will Power can win anything now, even the Indianapolis 500, an intimidating race on an oval he hated because it marginalized his talent.
"He won this race today because he was the best", Penske said.
"I'm going to sit up in the "North 40" (the north short chute) and drink beer like the rest of the fans that come out there", TJ said.
Three-time victor Helio Castroneves also crashed, when his No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet spun outside of Turn 4 on Lap 145. Kanaan's crash with 12 laps remaining set up a final restart with Oriol Servia out front.
Australian Will Power won the race with Ed Carpenter second.
The two of them are among the most popular drivers in any style of racing, and now they're both retired.
"A little bit of understeer and just swung, " Patrick said of her miscue.
The win marked Power's 30th on the IndyCar circuit.
"I'm not really sure what happened", she said. Power was working on reeling them in when both swerved into pitlane for fuel with three laps to go.
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. "I did have some good moments here this month and I won't forget that, either".