Danica Patrick made contact with Landon Cassill on lap 155 of the Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway. The contact resulted in Patrick’s car hitting the outside wall and effectively ending her day. Below are her comments to the media after she got out of the car in the garage area.
WHAT HAPPENED? “I have just been really frustrated with the No. 83 (Landon Cassill). He slammed into me on the front straight for no other reason than his radio communication ‘She was in the way’. I’ve always played fair. If it’s one time, I can imagine frustration. But it’s been pretty consistent with him getting in to me. So at some point in time, I have to stand up for myself, or everybody’s going to do it. So, the bummer is that this is my Texas car. We were having a good run, we were making the car better. And, I’m out of the race and he’s not.”
YOU TALKED TO YOUR CREW CHIEF GREG ZIPADELLI, DID HE GIVE YOU ANY WORDS OF WISDOM? “Be honest.”
ON THE ACCIDENT: “I’m fine but the car’s not, unfortunately. The GoDaddy crew and Zippy gave me a really good car today. I know we struggled in practice, but we made a lot of progress here today and were making the car better. My situation with the No. 83 is really a product of frustration. He got into me on the front straight and said I was just in the way. That’s really no good reason to hit me. If it’s one time, I can imagine it’s frustration, but it’s been quite a few times with him. At some point I have to stand up for myself so this doesn’t happen with other people. I chose today. The bummer about it is that my car is out, and he’s still out there going, so I’ve got to work on how to do that.”