Skip to comments.[Danica] Patrick runs right over doubts about women racers
Posted on 01/28/2006 5:01:55 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
Dont know if you use your ping list for this type of racing or not, but thought I'd flag you to it.
Oh ... wait, I think I have seen ...
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she weighs more than 100 lbs.....
The reason Guthrie didn't get any praise for her racing is that she didn't specifically want to race; She wanted to be a woman in a man's sport.
Patrick wants to race.
(P.S. Guthrie also tried to rub everybody's nose in it by driving a green car. That was considered bad luck at that time.)
Whew! Don't know if I could last through 250 laps dances with her. I'd surely blow a gasket!
How many races has she won? That point wasn't addressed in the article. Her star will begin to fade if she doesn't win at least one race in the near future.
She has been racing something since she started walking. Sure she can drive. Not hard to look at either. Now if the press would just let up on her.
"Until then she is just another pretty girl who can drive a fast car!"
Not that theres anything wrong with that.
Not so sure about that. The interviews I have watched with her, she says she gets equal treatment.
The reason I like her is she has rejected all attempts to be stereotyped as a feminist, or racing "because I am out to prove a point", and the like. She doesn't have a bitter chip on her shoulder or agenda. She's likes to drive and race, period.
It will be interesting how she fairs tonight. Amazing that a 100lb person will be able to hold up for the length of time they drive, the course is much different than what she drives normally and one other thing is dehydration (easier for a 100lb person?). I 'd love to be there tonight and had chance for free entry but am getting over a nasty cold.
Feh. If Tonia Stewart can do it, she can. (GO GORDON!) LOL
Yea, right - "She drives a car? Really?"
Danica qualifies fine, but fades towards mid-pack on a regular basis. If you want to watch a real racer who happens to be female then keep an eye out for Katherine Legge. She won 3 races in the Atlantics series (something Danica never did, if fact Danica hasn't won a race since karts) last year and might move up to a full time ride in Champcars this year.
My guess is she will be Toyota's entry driver into NASCAR Nextel Cup racing.
Average weight advatage. Most competative drivers drivers are about 50 lbs heavier than her. The ones complaining weigh about 200lbs. Which means the good drivers have the same advantage against them as Daniaca has against the drivers not complaining.
And if you are going to make the weight issue "fair", what about corecting for lower female upper body strength? Which would be an issue even if Danica wasn'r a tiny slip of a girl.
Or we could ignore the whole thing and just let them race.
And as the picture rule applies
Oh she has "man" hands (posted so the people who notice that won't have to post)
I understand her weight gives her an advantage by making her car lighter. Is there anything physically about a woman that would put her at a disadvantage in racing. I am asking this as a serious question because I don't follow this sport at all and don't know the physical demands that are put on one's body in a race.
Just in case you didn't know, or for the benefit of those who may not know, one driver doesnt run all 24 hours. they switch off every 3-4 hrs, depending on how they feel and how they're running.
Geez, I'm trying to picture Bobby Rahal posing like that!!!
Times have changed, times have changed.
Isn't that a '57 Chevy? Where's the picture of Danica?
Man, that is a great lookin 57 Chevy!!
She starts 16th today. Same car owner as the one Tony Stewart is driving for.
You won't see a woman in the top 10 in a real sport like bicycle racing the Tour de France. It is nice to see a pretty face driving around in circles on TV however.
BN. (before NASCAR)
Tony even won several midget, sprint titles too. Pretty girl ain't won crap, but has won a bunch of drool races.
As I noted in the post above yours, even at equal weights, women tend to have lower upper body strength, which matters.
Just the kind of pose you remember from King Richard, or Junior's Dad.
"Guthrie also tried to rub everybody's nose in it by driving a green car. That was considered bad luck at that time.)"
I worked on Pat Flarity's car in 57, he won indy and his car was green.
I agree that it's considered bad luck but it's nothing new.
What a nice stupid statement. Give me some more feminist lines, the fragile male ego one is getting worn out.
BTW what has Danica won?
Especially because it's her right turn blinker, and they only turn left!
Just in the US. Green was never thought of that way in Europe, in fact, Triumph's color was "Racing Green."
The hearts of thousands!
I seem to remember Harry Gant winning championship with a long string of second places - and no wins.
Only one person per race gets to win and 42 (NASCAR) to a handfull (IRL & CART) competent drivers follow up.
Any driver who is competitive, does not cause crashes and avoids most of them, keeps the car together, and finishes mid-pack can claim a successful career.
Lots of popular drivers seldom won but just had something that make you follow them.
IMHO Guthrie missed on all the points above and Patrick looks like she'd be well above the cut.
And I'll watch for Legge (no pun intended)
Bill Clinton won the hearts of millions. Like Danica he was good Public Relations. Until she begins to win she is just a pretty face.
Thats pretty decent.
I'd give her more time ( a couple years ) before worrying about her star fading.
How long do others take to win their first race on average?
In the meantime, enjoy the view and skill
Brake bias knob right next to engine switch. she was not the first to have it happen.
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