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Danica Patrick wrecks out at Phoenix

Mar 3, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

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Danica Patrick is okay after colliding with David Ragan on Lap 185 in today’s Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway.

From the looks of replays, the right front tire of Patrick blew out as she was coming out of Turn 4, sending her hard into the end of the SAFER Barrier. She then bounced off and into the oncoming car of Ragan as they both entered the PIR front-stretch.

The impact between Patrick and Ragan inflicted major damage on both their machines, with a wide debris field scattered across the track. NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell confirmed on Twitter that some foam in the SAFER Barrier had to be replaced.

“Whenever those right fronts go, they always feel really hard because you don’t [hit] broadside, you kind of hit more straight-on,” Patrick told FOX Sports after she was checked and released from the infield care center. “I took a hard hit on both sides, but I’m fine.

“…[There was] no real good warning. The car wasn’t all that tight and I was mostly chasing the rear, and there was no vibration that told me…it was gonna happen.”

Patrick was running toward the back of the field at the time of the incident, and had started the race from 40th position.

  1. juliath83 - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Awww, poor thing. Surprised she didn’t blame it on somebody.

    • mikeinthevine - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Ooooh so cruel. You probably can’t back out of your driveway without running over your mailbox.

      • alan3008 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        Love it! LMAO!

        Just glad she wasn’t hurt. Must have scared the hell out of her.
        One of the keys in NASCAR racing is to start in the front of the pack; the first five or ten positions, so you can stay out of trouble. It didn’t really apply in her case here, (although it did for Regan) but you are far more likely to get involved in a wreck while working your way up in the pack.

    • dawnvoyles - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      She isn’t obama, who blames everything on Bush, or you, who blames being a common wastrel on “the rich guy”.
      She calmly said “I blew a tire.” Four other drivers also blew the same right front tire, two of them VERY experienced drivers.
      In ten words you proved yourself as mysginistic boor. Bet your wife is very proud of you.

      • icemanpjn - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:23 AM

        I suppose while you’re at it you could mention Republicans blaming global issues like unemployment on Obama, complain about Obama deficit even though deficit spending has been the norm for a long time and nobody complained about it under Bush, or Bush fanboys blaming issues from his administration on Clinton.

        Leave it to Republicans to make everything about politics. They’re retarded like that.

  2. sdemp - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:17 PM


    • dawnvoyles - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      She took three hits in three seconds with the force of a three hundred pound linebacker, then climbed out of her car with minimal help and walked to the ambulance (that was REQUIRED for the type of wreck she had). NonAthletic? Those drivers spend three hours holding up against forces that would have you rolling around inside that car like a b-b in a matchbox.

      • icemanpjn - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:28 AM

        That’s not exactly accurate. Nobody here would be rolling around inside those cars because they’re glued in place by a pile of harnesses. They aren’t sitting stationary (versus flopping around) by their own strength. “But the G-forces…!” Yes, they experience heavy strain, but that strain doesn’t send their bodies flopping about with only their brute strength keeping them in place. They’re still firmly strapped in place. It’s demanding of a driver’s body, but not in the way you describe.

    • sonofsyme - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Okay, Smart guy-maybe you are looking for a job?

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      The ideal candidate will have:
      Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering from a four-year college or university and at least two years related experience.
      This is a hands-on position
      Must be a team player who likes working as part of a team, a good listener who is open-minded and flexible, and an innovative thinker with strong critical decision making skills and strong technical skills.

      Apply at:

      Some “redneck”…don’t mock what you do not understand, jealous boy.

  3. mazblast - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Would it absolutely KILL the writers of these articles about this supposed driver (who has a NASCAR gig only because some think she’s hot) to tell us who WON the freaking race?

    • johnmetfan - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      Have no fear. One of two things wil happen in the future. Either she will prove she is the driver worthy of all the accolades she has received, or she will fizzle and eventually the hubub about her will stop. I don’t care either way except that It would be nice to see her earn the attention she is getting before they gave it to her.

      Last year, DW said on a broadcast that she is the face of Nascar. I think that title deserves to be with the current champion whoever it is at the time, not an unproven rookie, and in Nascar, that’s exactly what she is at the moment, an unproven rookie who’s average finish over the limited races she has run is somewhere around 25th. Name another rookie who started off that mediocre that got as much attention as she has gotten.

      Just saying.

  4. mwalsh5 - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Glad she is okay. I dont want yo see any damage to that hot body she has.

  5. vintagedog - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    “Patrick was running toward the back of the field at the time of the incident, and had started the race from 40th position.”

    Is there really any need to STATE THE OBVIOUS? That’s where she ALWAYS is!

  6. renaldorae - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    2 wrecked cars and 2 dnf I know folks want danica to do well but i could do better and tearing up equipment is not helping matters much. I mean how long is nacar going to soup her up from race 31 last year at charlotte she has finished 20, 33, 17 25, 33 and 20 this year at daytona she came in 40th and at phoenix she came in 36th for an average of 28 over her last 8 races. Not to mention she wrecked both cars this year. if that was anyone else there would be grumblings someone else in that ride. i could run a chevy better than that.

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