Much to the delight of her detractors who say she doesn’t belong with the big boys, Danica Patrick was involved in another wreck at Pocono Raceway over the weekend.
She was running 18th and racing Travis Kvapil when she drifted into his car on lap 110. She says she simply lost control, causing both of them to spin out and crash, while also involving Jeff Burton in the wreck.
“These cars rely on sideforce so when some is on the outside of you, it always makes you a little looser,” Patrick said, via the Sporting News. “I didn’t feel like I went in any more hero-like that time … but we were tight and we had freed it up and it was better, but when they are outside of you, you just get loose… I chased it up and it spun around, and unfortunately, it ended the day for us, and it was a good day.”
Burton was quite pissed off when he climbed out of his car and slammed his fist on the roof. “They just got together in front of me,” he said. “I didn’t see them wrecking. By the time I got there, they were wrecking. That’s kinda like our year has gone. … When you are running in the back, that’s what happens.”
Patrick took the blame for a wreck with Kvapil in New Hampshire last month, and he felt he deserved an apology from her, but never got one. Suffice to say, he’d like one for this wreck as well.
“I’m done just getting run over and wrecked and racing her clean,” Kvapil said. “I don’t know. It’s pretty frustrating. She’s one of the best cars out there. We’re a middle-of-the-pack car running in the top 20 and get wrecked again. It is just really frustrating. … When you’re in vulnerable situations, you have to guard yourself and take care of your stuff. She is a rookie and you’ve got to learn that, but that’s a couple of weeks in a row for me.”
“You run through there side-by-side all day long and she just overdrove it, I assume, and got loose,” Kvapil said. “It’s just part of it. … It is just racing but when you overdrive your car, you wreck it and you wreck others.”