NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Danica Patrick will start from the rear of the field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-it 355 at Watkins Glen Sunday. Patrick had already blown an engine in the first practice Friday and under NASCAR’s rules an engine change means that no matter where she qualifies Saturday she will start from the rear.
That turned out to be the least of her worries however. During the closing minutes of the final 90 minute practice session Patrick’s Chevy slid into the tire wall near the chicane.
“I blew a tire,” a frustrated Patrick said. “I have no idea. I think it was only two laps, the second lap on tires. So apparently the No. 20 was radioing in saying there was some smoke. I never saw any, but he said he saw it and said ‘you guys should pit.’ Just in the carousel there is so much load on the left-front there that I guess that was the go spot for it. It has been a record horrible day I’m pretty sure.”
Crewmembers later found that the left front shock had failed and popped the tire. MORE>>>