Danica Patrick Crashes In NASCAR Daytona

Danica Patrick Crashes In NASCAR Daytona

Patrick Crashes Her Car At The Daytona International Speedway. The Female NASCAR Driver, Who Drove During The Nationwide Season-Opener Debut, Tried To Avoid The Spinning Cars But Was Unable To Dodge Them.

Danica Patrick’s NASCAR debut ended in a 12 car accident in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. It was the NASCAR Drive4COPD 300 event. She was running in the middle of the pack when several cars wrecked, she was not injured.

Patrick tried to duck low to avoid the spinning cars but was unable to dodge them. Her car slammed into the outside wall and then spun through the grass. However, she regained control of her vehicle and drove to the pits.

The crew pushed the car back to the garage with heavy damage appearing in the front. She had been running outside the top 20 for most of the day until the accident. Tony Stewart went on to win the race for the fifth time in six years.

“It’s important to have realistic expectations,” Patrick said. “There’s going to be spikes in performance, I don’t doubt that. But there’s also going to be tough days. And today, I would say, was more of a tough day.”

Patrick finished sixth in last week’s ARCA event at Daytona. She felt comfortable enough to move her NASCAR debut up a week to the Nationwide season-opener. The IndyCar star went into Saturday’s start saying her main goals were finishing the race, staying out of trouble and learning as much as she can.

First Lady Of NASCAR Indianapolis 500 And IndyCar Series

Danica Patrick was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season. With her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, she became the first woman to win an Indy car race. Patrick currently drives the #7 GoDaddy.com Honda/Dallara for Andretti Autosport.

On May 29, 2005, Patrick became the fourth woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500. She posted the fastest practice speed of the month clocking at 230 mph. However, she achieved the fourth starting position, but is still the highest ever attained for the race by a female driver.

Patrick was also the first female driver to lead the race at Indianapolis. She overcame two crucial errors to finish fourth, the same position she started in. Her car stalled in the pits about halfway through the 500-mile race which dropping her to the middle of the field.

However, she then claimed a spot in the top 10. As the race went on, she was able to rejoin the field having lost only one position. When the leaders pitted for fuel on lap 172, Patrick stayed out to take the lead.

On lap 194, eventual race winner and 2005 series champion Dan Wheldon passed her as she was forced to slow in order to conserve fuel. Patrick was subsequently passed by both Bryan Herta and her teammate Vitor Meira. Patrick’s fourth place was the highest ever finish for a female driver at the Indy 500, besting the previous record of ninth set by Janet Guthrie in 1978. Patrick led 19 laps overall.

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