Danica Patrick Has Target on Her as She Learns Lessons at Phoenix
"I feel like I have a target on me," Patrick said at one point during a long day on the one-mile oval.
Patrick finished 32nd, seven laps down, after tagging the wall with 43 laps to go while running in 25th. She had to make an unscheduled pit stop to change tires and repair the damage, and that's where she lost most of the extra laps.
Her car lost traction and became loose while running below Michael Annett through turn one. She lost control, nearly spun and hit the wall with the right rear of her car, but was able to continue until making the emergency stop.
Earlier, Patrick got shoved around and did some of her own shoving with two other drivers, Tony Raines and Alex Kennedy.
Patrick gave some payback to Kennedy, hitting his rear bumper as she shot past on one lap just before she hit the wall.
"There's some people out here that haven't played fair today," she said on her radio just before the wall-banging incident.