By Doug Halberstadt
They have history. For many years, they have competed against one another in the Indy Racing League (IRL). Their paths crossed again last weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega. Former Roscoe resident Danica Patrick and Sam Hornish Jr. took their aggressions out on one another on the track.
Hornish lost control of his car and slid up the race track, forcing Patrick into the wall during the closing laps of the race. After the checkered flag went to the race winner, Joey Logano, the excitement continued.
Patrick, who finished the race in the 13th position, took it into her own hands to seek revenge against Hornish. She sought him out and purposely rammed him from behind and knocked him into the wall.
Hornish was taken by surprise. “I don’t know what she had in her head, but she decided to right-rear us, wreck the car after the race was over,” Hornish said.
Patrick didn’t elaborate about hitting Hornish, but after the race, she talked about the incident that was the catalyst for the retaliation.
“I don’t know what happened,” Patrick said. “Sam came up to me after the race and apologized, so I’m not sure what was wrong with his car, but he came across the track at the front of the start/finish line.”
As of press time, NASCAR has not issued any disciplinary actions against either of the drivers. It looks like they are content with having this rivalry play out on the track.
The next time the two will have an opportunity to resolve their issues is this Saturday night, May 12, in the Bojangles Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C. I have a feeling this story will not only be continued, it may reveal whether Patrick has what it takes to make it as one of the stars of NASCAR.
From the May 9-15, 2012, issue