NASCAR can be one of the most dangerous events in the sporting world as drivers are going 200 miles per hour around a mile long track. Danica Patrick found that out on Friday when her car spontaneously burst into flames during a practice run.
Patrick was involved in a three-car wreck with teammate Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray at the start of the run at Dover International Speedway Friday morning. Her car caught fire and spilled oil all over the track, causing the latter two to spin out of control.
Patrick and Stewart were both able to walk away virtually unscathed, but McMurray was seen gripping his left elbow in obvious pain. Patrick talked about her scary experience from inside her speeding stock car.
“I got back to the throttle and it was like a muffled — really muffled like I blew an engine,” said Patrick. “And then it just got sideways and hit the wall. As you can see, there’s lots of flames, too. Obviously, some kind of oil of something like that in there that created that.
“I really feel bad because Jamie’s elbow hurt pretty bad and I don’t know if Tony’s feeling perfect,” said Patrick. “Definitely unfortunate. Not something we commonly see.”
Danica Patrick made sure to speak with Stewart after the wreck to check up on both his physical and mental state after the things he has gone through over the last few years.