Danica Patrick in danger of missing Daytona 500 after practice crash

Danica Patrick in danger of missing Daytona 500 after practice crash

Danica Patrick was involved in a crash shortly after the first practice session began Wednesday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

Patrick will be forced to use her backup car and start from the back of the pack during the second of Thursday’s qualifying races. Patrick will have to finish in the top 15 to guarantee herself a spot in her third Daytona 500.

“I’m fine, other than really obviously disappointed,” Patrick said after a brief medical examination.

Denny Hamlin took responsibility for Wednesday’s mishap.

“I guess I’ll take the blame,” he said. “I was going through the middle, and in practice, you can’t make those aggressive moves.”