Patrick had to start from the rear of the field Sunday because of an engine change last week and was running mid-pack on Lap 145 when she got caught up in a 10-car accident on the frontstretch. Her car was too damaged to continue and she ended up with a 40th-place finish.
“I think more than anything I am just upset because the car felt really good,” Patrick said. “It seemed like we could catch whoever and it seemed like we could move around, make lanes and just move around and move forward at the end of the day.”
“The car was just so good and we were just riding around and biding our time you know, being patient and trying to get to the end of this thing,” he said. “Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be.”
He eventually required a lengthy trip to the garage, where his team replaced the fuel cell and all of its electronic pieces. He returned to the track on Lap 146 but ended up with a 35th-place finish.
Once the race – which Jimmie Johnson won – ran its course, several fans posted messages on Twitter congratulating Johnson. Unfortunately, so did several media outlets, including Fox News.
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