Danica Patrick blew her right front tire, slammed hard into the wall and then was struck by fellow driver David Ragan on Lap 184 at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix on Sunday.
Fortunately, she suffered no serious injuries from the wreck, but her car is destroyed, and her racing day is over.
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Lap 184 - Caution is out for Danica Patrick, accident on the frontstretch #NASCAR3/3/2013, 10:09:12 PM
Sporting News' Bob Pockrass added that Danica told her crew that she was hit hard but was OK:
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Patrick told her team she is ok but hard hit. #nascar3/3/2013, 10:11:56 PM
Danica went to the infield medical center and was quickly released. She spoke to reporters after exiting, and, while disappointed about missing out on the points, she did not appear overly rattled.
This wreck certainly wasn't Danica's fault. The tire gave out on her, and she was quickly taken into the wall and was hit by Ragan almost immediately after as her car started sliding back down into the track.
Danica was having a decent race prior to the crash. She was running 26th and on the lead lap. This was a solid performance considering she was having a rough week in Phoenix in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas car.
She was near the bottom of the speed charts during practice leading up to the race, and she placed 40th out of 43 in qualifying.
While she emerged seemingly unscathed physically, there is always a chance that a hard and unique wreck like that can leave a mark on a driver's mental state. However, Danica has bounced back from hard crashes before.
It is safe to expect Danica to quickly put this behind her and start preparing for next week's tilt in Las Vegas.
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