Danica Patrick finished in 27th place at the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal, Canada. Although she had the lead for several laps at this Nationwide Series race, she was eventually forced off the track because of steering problems. A shoe thrown by a fan has been largely blamed for her issues, but I think her car's mechanical problems before the race began have been ignored.
A Shoe is Thrown at the NAPA Auto Parts 200
A fan threw a shoe on the track at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve during the NAPA Auto Parts 200 on Aug. 18. Danica Patrick's car hit the shoe, and she began to complain about steering problems on her radio. Many fans and media outlets have been blaming the shoe for her poor finish at the race and car problems. However, the No. 7 car had mechanical issues before the race began, and the shoe may not have played a large role.
Danica Patrick's Car Has Mechanical Problems
A video from the NAPA Auto Parts 200 clearly shows that Danica Patrick's car hit the shoe. Unfortunately, the mechanical problems of the No. 7 car that were visible before the race started have not been included in most discussions about her 27th place finish. The steering problems in her car were visible before because she noticed a "strange handling problem and shifting of weight in the car during warm-up laps." This indicates that the shoe was not the cause of her issues.
On Danica Patrick's official Facebook page, a recent post also blames "mechanical issues" on her poor finish, and the shoe is not mentioned. The track bar became loose on the No. 7 car, and she later broke an axle. The combination of multiple pit stops forced her into 27th position at the conclusion of the NAPA Auto Parts 200.
Danica Patrick Blames Bad Luck
Danica Patrick has blamed her poor finish at the race on Aug. 18 on bad luck. Patrick explained, "At the end of the day, I just can't believe how unlucky we've been." Before the race, Tony Stewart blamed her problems this season on pressure. Stewart previously mentioned that there was "so much pressure on her," and he simply wanted her to learn from the experience. Fans will have the opportunity to see if flying shoes or mechanical problems return at her next race on Aug. 24 at the Food City 250.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.