SPEEDWAY--Danica Patrick headed into the 21st Brickyard 400 with success on her mind. he started in the 14th position and even said on Saturday that she felt "ready to win". However, outside factors came into play once the race began that were out of her control, such as a broken rear gear that almost ended her run.
"These are just the things that happen and they never happen when you're having a bad race," said Patrick. "They only ever happen when you're having a good race."
Patrick managed to stay in the top 20 through most of the first 60 laps, but on lap 67, a rear gear broke and forced her off the track.
Her frustration was obvious while her car was getting repaired. By the time she got back on the track, she was 28 laps down.
"In a long season like this, and in NASCAR, has you have to focus on the positives because the negatives sure are a bummer," she said.
Patrick wound up second to last in the 43-car field, but she's still holding her head high.
"There's still a lot to be proud of. We came back in qualifying, we were good in the race and it just didn't end the way we wanted it to, but the great thing is that I get to come back to Indy and that makes me really happy," she said.
Patrick will have to wait an entire year to make good memories at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, unless she makes a push for the month of May.