By NASCAR standards, it was a minor accident but one that wound up with significant ramifications for Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski during Saturday’s second practice for the Daytona 500.
Keselowski was exiting the garage area to take to the track when he inadvertently clipped a post exiting the fenced-in area.
Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford Mustang suffered a dented door, but that wasn’t the worst of it: the more serious damage was along the right side undercarriage.
“The guy in front of me just stopped and I had no brakes,” Keselowski said over the team radio. “I clipped it, the fence, I didn’t hit him, just got the right rear quarter. I got the side skirt pretty good right at the jack post and the exhaust.”
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As a result, Keselowski never did get his car out onto the track for the second practice as his team toiled to repair the damage in the garage.
Keselowski is slated to drive the same car in next Sunday’s 500, but not in tomorrow’s Busch Clash.