Patrick Unhappy With Kahne
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on March 20, 2016 | 6:00 P.M. EST
Patrick's day was done on lap 120. (Photo: Getty Images)
Danica Patrick was none too pleased with Kasey Kahne after the duo made contact in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 and she ended up in the wall.
Kahne clipped the right rear of Patrick’s car as they raced down the fronstretch and the impact turned the Stewart-Haas Racing driver around. Patrick slide up the track and made heavy impact with the outside wall.
Patrick quickly exited the cockpit because a fire erupted and showed her displeasure toward Kahne when she threw her arms up in the air as he passed by under caution.
“We were on a restart and I had a run on him so I went down low,” Patrick explained. “If you get too close to them then it will drag you both back. I was going low. I saw him chase me down the track and then the next thing I know I was getting spun up the track. I am I was passing him. He was behind me in the right rear.
“I don’t know what kind of day he was having. I just heard he was a lap down actually. I feel bad if he felt like he was put in a position to have to be that desperate a lap down. It’s just unfortunate; he must be having a very tough time.”
Kahne said on his in-car communication he did not intentionally make contact with Patrick.
"Glad she's OK. I definitely didn’t mean to do that," Kahne said over the radio following the incident. "I was trying to side draft."
Patrick was trying to come back from her poor qualifying effort and started near the rear of the field until the day ended.
“I was having a pretty good recovery day, kind of like last weekend,” she said about her comeback last week at Phoenix. “I was just running good race laps and on the lead lap at the end of the race back up into the top 20 from a bad starting position. And I was looking forward to a good finish and a good off week.
“Unfortunately now there is more work to be done at the shop, which is not I’m sure what they want, but we had a good TaxAct car and Billy (Scott, crew chief) did a good job to set-up for today and we were moving forward.”
NASCAR summoned crew chief Keith Rodden and the team’s spotter to the hauler after the race.