Danica Patrick Crashes at Daytona [Video]

It was a last lap crash that sent her spiraling out of control into the Daytona International Speedway wall nose first at almost two hundred miles an hour.  She hit the wall so hard the wheels of the car came off the ground, totaling her car.  She will start the Daytona 500 race on Sunday in a backup car at the back of the field.  She was checked at the medical center in the infield and is okay.  She even got out of her wrecked car and walked to the ambulance.  The race that she crashed in was the Duel 150s.

This is race that set the field for the Daytona 500 race on Sunday and where she will be the third female driver in the race and one of the most high-profile female entry ever.  She has just started to drive competitively at NASCAR Sprint Cup series and the Daytona 500 will be her first race for this series.  

Although it is not exactly known what happened, the crash is thought to have been caused by being clipped by another driver accidentally.  She was driving the last lap in a tight pack when another driver’s car came down and made contact, causing her to be pushed out of control.  She slid toward the infield wall and slammed into a SAFER barrier.  This type of barrier is like a Styrofoam wall that when it is hit, it compresses.  This is what saved her from serious injury.