Danica Patrick hit by rock: Driver Danica Patrick said she was hit in the head with a rock at a Las Vegas race on Thursday night, adding she did not suffer a concussion during a collision on Sunday.
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick was hit in the head by a rock while racing on a dirt track.
Patrick jokingly said she was hit by the stray rock during the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Thursday night, but stressed that she did not suffer a concussion.
“I feel like I got a concussion last night when I got hit with a rock at the dirt track,” Patrick told ESPN on Friday. “It’s really sore. It hit me straight in the head, and I went to the ground. Good thing I had a hat on, or I feel there would have been blood.”
Patrick said NASCAR authorities spoke with her on Friday morning to check on her. She said that she was fine.
On Sunday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, Patrick blew out a right front tire and hit a wall, according to Fox Sports. It was one of the most significant crashes in her career.
She said she suffered a headache and a sore neck following the collision.
“The safety crew does a great job,” Patrick told Fox. “The cars are safer than they’ve ever been. I said after last weekend, I’m glad I didn’t race in the era of a lack of SAFER barriers because I don’t know what it’s like without them.”
She continued: “I know the hits feel hard and my neck was sore after last weekend for sure, which it has never been sore before after a wreck, so either my training program is off or it was just that big of a hit or maybe because it was both sides.”
Patrick became the first woman to win a pole during the Dayton 500 last month. She finished eighth in the race.
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