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Danica Patrick slams into wall during NASCAR race in Phoenix

March 03, 2013|By Jim Peltz
  • Danica Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet is towed off the track after a wreck during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Danica Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet is towed off the track… (Jonathan Ferrey / Getty…)

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Danica Patrick's car slammed into a wall and then was hit hard by another car after a tire blew on Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet during Sunday's NASCAR race.

Patrick walked away from the crash unhurt.

She was running 26th just past the halfway point of the Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway when the tire blew, sending her car into the outside wall.

The Ford of David Ragan, who was running just behind Patrick, then plowed into her car, ripping off most of the left-side bodywork of Patrick's green Chevy.

Patrick's car came to rest just past the start-finish line in front of the main grandstands, the hood wrenched back, covering Patrick's windshield.

"I took a hard hit to the right and then on the left," Patrick said. "I'm fine. We were making progress but unfortunately our day ended early."

Patrick, 30, is in her first full season in the Sprint Cup Series. She finished eighth a week ago in the season-opening Daytona 500.


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