• May 10th 2008 at 11:55AM
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We are soooo glad Danica Patrick hearts Autoblog, because during practice at Indy yesterday, she struck a pit crew member of a competing team. Dale Coyne Racing's Charles Buckman, the chief mechanic for Mario Moraes, suffered a concussion as well as scalp and facial cuts after being hit and then sailing over Danica's car in pit row.

According to several trackside eyewitnesses, the incident was completely not Danica's fault. Apparently, Indy's pit area was busier and more congested than usual due to a weather delay, and Buckman took one step too many to the right just as Danica was pitting. He was taken to Methodist Hospital and is expected to recover fully from his injuries. For his part, Buckman says he doesn't remember many details about the incident.

People at the track said Danica and her teammates were visibly shaken by the accident. Marco Andretti saw the accident happen, and told Sports Illustrated, "It's a dangerous situation; a crowded pit lane, a lot going on. You don't like to see that kind of thing but it's not Danica's fault. Stuff happens. Racing is dangerous. We're very concerned and hopefully it will turn out good." Thanks for the tip, Joe!

[Source: Sports Illustrated]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This guy is so lucky. We all have lapses in our judgment, especially when our minds are highly preoccupied with something else. I'm sure he was always careful on pitlane, but it almost cost him his life one time when he wasn't. Not Danica's fault, undoubtedly she is going to be paranoid next time when she enters the pitlane.

      One more thing, I think that under race conditions pitlane is a lot safer because there is a code that is being followed, it is during practice when people are relaxed when crap like this happens.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dumbass guy....I'm not pinning any of that blame on the racing driver.
        • 7 Years Ago
        agreed, these cars are fast and this is a competition. the drivers and the crew members all need to be aware and focused. getting hit by cars isnt rare in the racing world.

        watch yo back crew men! and Danica, i'll watch yours ;)
        • 7 Years Ago
        did anyone happen to see the part where the guy in front of him moves out the way and doesn't look back to warn anyone. Just as a precaution.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I have to agree with this you would think a Chief Mechanic would know well enough not to be wandering around in that pit lane like that. There is a reason that wall is there and why crews stay as close to it as possible until the cars come in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did you see his head hit the right rear tire?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Her fault or not, this bad karma cancels out her Japan win karma so she's back where she started.
      Carlos
      • 7 Years Ago
      In soviet Russia you hit car in pit lane!
      • 7 Years Ago
      By the looks of it I would have guessed that the driver was not only a woman, but also Asian.
        • 7 Years Ago
        typical racist comment
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see that Mario Andretti is the guy standing in the middle of the video? That would have made news if he was standing 3 feet to the left.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why are women so aggressive these days?
        • 7 Years Ago
        They want to get away from the kitchen. ;)
      kitty
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it is not her fault then why open the article with the tag line “Danica Patrick hits crew member on pit lane at Indy” this tag line makes the statement that she is at fault. The opening tag line should read “Mario Moraes chief mechanic makes a suicidal error on the pit lane at Indy”. The second statement does not place wrongful “defamation of character” blame on Danica and still sounds enticing. This article definitely has a sexist overtone written into it by the author in his assumptions and statements. Especially after talking to eyewitnesses at the track and confirming the truth. I guess the author and there employer are burdened with excess cash due to their obvious lack of concern for law suits. In fact suits happen often even when there is “same sex” person at fault or there is one in the chain of command. Mistakes must be contagious on that track.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks alot worse than it turned out to be. A few cuts and bruises and a nasty headache. I was thinking "broken lower leg, facial reconstruction, removal of genetalia" by the look of it.

      His ankle hit the front wing: that's gotta hurt.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Imagine landing on a fairing square in the jewels. Ouch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow...how sad when danica patrick is the biggest name in your racing series, doesn't say much for IRL....go NASCAR!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      She looks like she was going 100 mph ??
        • 7 Years Ago
        NO! IndyCar like most modern, professional series impose a pit lane speed limit.

        Danica would be dragging her foot to warm up the carbon brakes & was going 35-40MPH down from a 55MPH pit speed limit?

        IRL makes them wear helmets during the race... should make them do it in practice as well.
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