Luckily this well-known female racing driver made it off the Talladega track without anything more than a bad memory and some sore spots.
Patrick wasn't the only one involved in the crash, 12 cars in total were part of what Patrick calls "the worst" crash of her career. In an article by John Zenor of the Associated Press, she explains exactly what happened that viewers might not have seen.
“I would say that’s probably the most scared (I’ve been), trying to hop out of a car with the fire on the inside,” she said. “I haven’t had fire on the inside before. I’ve seen it on the outside."
Just over half of the cars in the race on Sunday (May 1st) finished, and 12 of them were removed from the race for various reasons, but most of them due to damage sustained from a crash. That's exactly what happened to Patrick's car.
X-Rays taken of the racing star revealed that she didn't have any broken bones, however she didn't escape without injury. Patrick was banged up and bruised following the crash, and emergency personnel rushed to her in an ambulance to whisk her away to the in-field care center for treatment.
Patrick revealed what she was thinking about during the crash, and it might surprise you.
"Honestly, I was thinking about my hair. I’ve got a lot of hair and I don’t want to lose it. I’ve had a couple of practice rounds now of getting out of the car as quickly as possible, but that was the worst one so far.”
Not only did the interior catch fire first, but according to the article, her steering wheel was dislocated and she got the breath knocked out of her. "My head feels like I hit a wall at 200," she added.
Thankfully she made it out okay this time, although she does admit she's had quite a string of hitting walls in her career.
"I've had the unfortunate scenario of hitting the inside wall at a superspeedway a few times now...they're all bad."
Watch the full crash in the video below.
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