Danica Patrick & Boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Crash In Sprint Cup Race [VIDEO]
Danica Patrick rammed the back of boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s car while they raced along the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, causing a three-car accident on Sunday.
The accident occurred on the Sprint Cup race’s 238th lap, when the field was bunched following a restart. Patrick appeared to lose control of her car, and began sliding sideways, taking out Stenhouse and Travis Kvapil. Patrick and Kvapil were forced to park their wrecked cars, while Stenhouse resumed racing after repairs.
“What it felt like was either I misjudged the braking or everyone jammed up a little bit,” Patrick said after the race, according to Fox Sports. “I got sideways trying to slow down so that I didn’t drive up into the back of anyone. I just got sideways and there is nothing you can do. The worst part is that you know obviously I didn’t want to take anybody with me. I feel bad, what can I say. We were having a reasonable race and just didn’t mean to do it.”
Patrick continued, "In hindsight, you want to give all the room you can so that that kind of thing doesn't happen. There were other restarts, too, where I had gotten the rear wheels locked up trying to slow down in time because we all get so bunched up. Cars were sliding across the front of cars. But, at the end of the day, it was me who was sideways, so I'm sorry."
The New Hampshire Sprint Cup race had a total of 12 cautions, requiring 12 separate restarts that came with the risk of cars loosing traction. Addressing the accident, Stenhouse was forgiving of his girlfriend’s driving, acknowledging the he and many others have accidently crashed into fellow drivers before. "It's like the tires have a certain amount of grip, but when they go, they go," Stenhouse said, reported USA Today. "You're just trying all you can do to keep it off the person on the outside of you and the inside of you." Stenhouse caused a wreck that took out Patrick in May.
Stenhouse wound up finishing in 34th place on Sunday, while Patrick finished in 37th.
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