Yes, it seems as if there was a curse on the newest driver in the Daytona 500 which saw her have not just one but three crashes during her time in Daytona. She was involved in two of the crashes in races before the Daytona 500 and when they did finally get the race started she made it one lap around the track and on the second lap she was involved in a five car pile up and was spun off the tract. But that did not stop her. She rode in the car to the garage where the mechanics worked frantically to get her back in the race.
And yes, they did get her back into the race but it had already reached the sixty-sixth lap, which meant she was sixty-four laps behind, making her not eligible for any championship points due to limited schedule. Since there was nothing to compete for, why did she want to get back into the race? The same crash that took her out also took out last year’s winner of the Daytona 500, Trevor Bayne, and Jimmie Johnson, a five time NASCAR champion.
Danica Patrick did finish the race in thirty-eighth place plus she had the honor of being the third woman to race in one of NASCAR’s top events. With her in the race, it did cause one change in the normal protocol. The race starter’s announcement at this Daytona 500 race was “Lady and Gentlemen, start your engines.”