Danica Patrick posted ultimate throwback ahead of final race as a full-time NASCAR driver

Danica Patrick's career as a full-time NASCAR Cup driver came to an end on Sunday in a crash during the 2017 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 35-year-old, who plans on competing in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 next season, insisted she wasn't sad heading into the race, but excited.

Posting a picture of herself as a kid in a custom racing firesuit (and some amazing glasses), Patrick wrote a thoughtful post about her career -- and her future.

Considering she has a new book about to hit the shelves, an apparel line, her own signature wine and a slew of endorsements, I think she's going to be just fine in her next chapter. (But we'll miss you on the track, Danica!)

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