01:25 PM EDT 01/06/2014
Originally posted 02/27/2012 07:45PM
Danica Patrick got her first Daytona 500 race off to a nasty start.
The racer, 29, crashed her green car on the second lap in an accident that also involved Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Elliott Sadler and other drivers.
"Wow," exclaims the NASCAR.com blog. "The wreck was triggered when Elliott Sadler shoved Johnson."
Originally posted 02/22/2012 05:00PM
Race car driver Danica Patrick is about to embark on her biggest challenge to date – the Daytona 500, a 500 mile-long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
But Patrick, 29, seems fearless, telling Reuters, "I'm not scared of going 200 miles an hour," during Sunday's competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.
In fact, she believes she has a shot at following in the footsteps of Trevor Bayne, last year's rookie race winner.
Originally posted 11/03/2011 08:05AM
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was arrested and charged Tuesday with possession of 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, the Associated Press reports.
The arrest came after officers searched his western North Carolina home and discovered drugs and $100,000 worth of stolen property, according to records from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Mayfield, 42, was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR in 2009 for violating the organization’s substance abuse policy.
Detectives told AP that the alleged stolen merchandise – including welding equipment, truck parts and scrap metal – came from local businesses.
Originally posted 08/10/2009 08:00AM
NASCAR star Jeff Gordon’s daughter Ella Sofia, who turned 2 in June, isn’t sure what her daddy does at the track, but she recognizes that his work involves sitting behind the wheel.
"She knows that I have a race car for work and when she sees [one] at the track she says, 'Go papa go!' " Gordon, 38, told PEOPLE's Celebrity Baby Blog late last week at The Glen in Watkins Glen, N.Y., where he was preparing to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Ella planned to be on the sidelines "cheering him on" during Monday's race, after being rained out Sunday.
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