Danica Patrick backed into the outside wall in between Turn 1 and Turn 2 during Friday's opening practice session at Martinsville Speedway, and her No. 10 Chevrolet was damaged enough for the team to unload the back-up car.
Patrick had run 35 laps in the practice session at the 0.526-mile track before the incident, which occurred approximately 30 minutes into the 90-minute session.
"I wheel-hopped it into (Turn) 1 and it just came around. When it wheel hops, it doesn't slow down very well," Patrick said. "Caved the whole bumper in. Backed in and then went to the side. If I would have just pancaked it on the side, they probably would have just tried to bang out the wheel wells and fix it. But it crushed the bumper in."
She returned to the track in her backup car with about 10 minutes left in the practice session, which was the only on-track time before Friday's qualifying session.
The last time Patrick's back-up car was used was June 14, 2011. Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton drove it at Watkins Glen International as part of Mobil 1's "Seat Swap."
Hamilton drove Tony Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet for four laps, and Stewart drove the car Hamilton used to win the 2008 Formula 1 title.
Prior to 2013, that chassis was converted to a Generation-6 Chevrolet SS and transferred to the No. 10 team. The car has not been used in 2013.
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