Danica Patrick’s car caught on fire on the Dover International Speedway on Friday morning. Neither Patrick nor the two other drivers suffered serious injuries. All of them were able to get out of their respective cars.
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The No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet was involved in a three-car crash. Patrick was driving and she spun out at the exit of Turn 4. Her car dumped oil onto the track and that caused it to catch fire. She was practicing for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Patrick’s teammate Tony Stewart hit the oil. The third car was the Chip Ganassi-owned Chevrolet of Jamie McMurray. Both Stewart and McMurrary hit the wall. Patrick’s car went around the frontstretch while still on fire.
“I got back to the throttle and it was like a muffled — really muffled like I blew an engine,” Patrick told Fox Sports. “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.”
Stewart faced impact three times. “That hurt,” he told his team via his radio.
Patrick and Stewart spoke afterward. He was already dealing with back issues before the crash.
“I think at any point in time you worry for Tony, just making sure that he’s OK after everything he’s gone through physically. Hopefully, he’s alright, but I guess only he knows how he feels right now.”