Patrick’s full-time career in NASCAR ended in accident

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

HOMESTEAD, Fla.— For Danica Patrick, her full-time career in NASCAR ended early during the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

During the second stage of the race, Patrick made contact with the wall and noted that there was smoke in the cockpit. However, the team noticed no damage to the car. Unfortunately, on lap 143, the damage was significant to cut down a tire. Patrick smacked the wall and was rear ended by Kasey Kahne. She was able to limp the car to pit road, but missed the entrance.

“I hit the wall in three and four and got some fender rub on the tire and it blew the tire.  I went a couple of laps and there was smoke in the car, but they thought it was all right, but it wasn’t,” said Patrick.

According to Patrick, accidents like today are part of the reason why she decided to call it quits when it comes to full-time racing.

“It felt like the story of the year and what has pushed me to the decision I ended up making. It just seemed like when things were going better, something would happen. My fault or sometimes not my fault. This was kinda another case of that. It was fun for a little while there. It was absolute misery for the first stint.”

The emotions that Patrick has felt throughout the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway came in different levels. However, she was ready to get in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

Although she wrecked out of the Ford EcoBoost 400, Patrick still has one thousand miles of racing to go as she will participate in Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.

“Well, I have a higher chance of crashing at Daytona than I did here. I don’t necessarily feel like that’s my shot. There is still one left and another one left, which is the Indy 500. There is still racing in my future and a thousand miles to go.”

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