Danica Patrick hasn't had much luck finishing races at Daytona this year. She wrecked on the final lap in her Gatorade Duel qualifier on Thursday.
During Saturday's Nationwide race, however, she didn't even make it halfway, wrecking on Lap 50 with a bit of assistance from her JR Motorsports teammate Cole Whitt.
Patrick wound up finishing in position 38 after her pole-winning run and was understandably disappointed with the outing, the first of her full-time Nationwide Series schedule.
“The bummer of it is not only is it the start to the championship and I’m in the championship and every point matters, which is why we went back out there again, but there are so many other days when your car isn’t perfect, isn’t super fast and nothing happens to you,” Patrick said. “And you think why on the days when I have a really fast car it has to happen today. But it did and we’ll move on.”
As for making contact with her teammate Whitt, Patrick said she’ll talk with the young driver on how to work together better in the future.
“I don’t think it’s ever great when teammates come together,” Patrick said. “We’ll have to figure out what happened and move forward.”