Danica Patrick's Nationwide debut in Indianapolis ends with crash

Auto RacingOpen-Wheel RacingDanica PatrickReed SorensonGo Daddy Group Inc.

SPEEDWAY - Danica Patrick's much awaited return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was short.

On Lap 38 of the NASCAR Nationwide Series' Indiana 250-the first in the series ever run at the venue Patrick tapped the back of the 98 of Reed Sorenson heading into turn one. Sorenson spun and Patrick couldn't avoid contact, sustaining race-ending damage to her No. 7 Go Daddy car.

"We were working our way through traffic due to a rough restart picking the wrong lane there. It took a little while and we were just trying to get them one by one. Got up to the 98 and into one he slowed it down quite a bit so I was pretty hard on the brakes and I think I just tapped him a little bit. When he got sideways I tried to go around him and didn't get by him. I'm sorry if I did anything to affect his day but I didn't mean to," said Patrick who finished 35th.

Patrick emerged from the accident with no injuries.

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