Patrick Hits Crew Member

Danica Patrick was involved in an incident on pit road during Friday's practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with her car hitting another team's crew member.

Patrick's car hit hit Charles (Chuck) Buckman, the chief mechanic for Brazilian driver Mario Moraes at Dale Coyne Racing when she came into her pit during the session.

Buckman suffered a concussion along with scalp and facial lacerations and was transported to Methodist Hospital for treatment.

“I really don’t remember how it happened,” Buckman said. “All I remember is I was talking with someone on Marco Andretti’s team and then everything is blank from that point.

“I will be OK and hopefully back to work in a day or two.”

Patrick and her Andretti-Green Racing crew were visibly upset by the turn of events.

“It’s really, really unfortunate what happened today,” Patrick said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Hopefully he can get back to the track soon and do what he loves.”

Patrick would not accept any questions after making her statement and Andretti Green Racing team members said they would not take any further questions on the incident “in the days to come.”

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