- Danica Patrick crashed and finished 39th at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, just a week after being celebrated for her historic achievement at the Daytona 500.
- Patrick's No.10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS was one of several cars that wrecked because of right front tire failure.
- It was a dismal race for the Daytona 500 pole winner, but she emerged unhurt from the wreck.
AVONDALE, Arizona — Danica Patrick crashed and finished 39th at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, just a week after being celebrated for her historic achievement at the Daytona 500.
Patrick, driver of the No.10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS was in the top 25 when she exited turn four of the one-mile oval and the right front tire of her car suddenly lost all air pressure. The car headed for the SAFER barrier on the outside of turn four. The car bounced off the wall and was hit in the driver side by the oncoming car of David Ragan. She was unhurt in the wreck.
The impact tore most of the sheet metal off the driver side of Patrick's car.
"There was no real warning," Patrick said in a statement posted on her Web site. "I wasn't that tight, either; I was sliding a little big. I felt like most of the day I was chasing the rear. It was a little unexpected. I took a hard hit to the right and then on the left. I'm fine."
She was uninjured, but was relegated to a 39th-place finish.
Patrick was one of several drivers who had problems with right front tire failure. Observers blamed high temperatures from overworked brakes for causing the tires to fail. Drivers including veterans Ken Schrader and Ryan Newman were involved in single-car crashes triggered by blown right front tires.
The next event of the Sprint Cup schedule is the Kobalt Tools 400 on March 10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Edmunds says: Fair or not, none of the other drivers who experienced similar problems at Phoenix will be subject to the scrutiny and criticism that will be directed at Patrick.