Skip to comments.Danica, please stay out of NASCAR
Posted on 07/15/2006 5:53:28 AM PDT by colonel mosby
Indy star Danica Patrick has hinted lately that she might be willing to give NASCAR a try. Although I believe the hints are nothing more than her gaining a little leverage as her contract with Letterman/Rahal expires at season's end, I'm still going to offer her a little advice.
Stay where you are, Danica. The Indy Racing League needs you.
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He nailed it.
Why? She has nothing left to prove in IRL...
except prove that she could win... a race.
Yep. Very similar to Michelle Wie and the LPGA.
David Climer, a sportswriter for The Nashville Tennessean, who often makes snide, sarcastic comments about the whole motor racing scene, is nevertheless smitten with Ms. Patrick.
Climer has written glowing daily columns about Danica all week, leading up to the Nashville IRL race this weekend. It's as though the whole Danica phenomenon is making a mockery of automobile racing, and David Climer is only too happy to chronicle it.
Racing? She does RACING?! I thought she sold Secret (strong enough for a man, good enough for a woman) deodorant?
"I don't feel insecure about being girlie," says Patrick. "I do as much media as I can because I want this IRL series to be so kick-butt that NASCAR goes, 'Huh?'"
Danica needs to stay out of NASCAR! She would get all the publicity and the other drivers - both those I like and dislike - would be ignored by the media.
If she really wants a career in racing and NOT modeling (which she appears to do more of) then I suggest she move into drag racing.
Rich cultural heritage.
Besides, NASCAR already has a reigning queen:
NASCAR isn't even NASCAR anymore. It's supposed to be STOCK CAR racing. It's more like the vigramass million dollar car racing association now and it's anyone's guess what cars these guys drive. Who wants NASCAR to be all People Mag-i-fied which is what will happen when the 'car hood ho' Danica joins.
We ceased being able to identify what the "stock car" was years and years ago....... ;o)
I can't stand Jeff Gordon!
No way, that broad is waaaaay too skinny.
Danica can apply for a position selling beer at NASCAR events, but otherwise, she's a pogo stick in an Olympic pole vaulting competition.
NASCAR - Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks
......ducks and covers........................
Good grief! LOL
Would she have a better chance to win in NASCAR? I thought they gave the best restrictor plates to drivers they want to win.
"NASCAR - Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks"
Then I noticed your posting name...
She is very hot and easy on the eyes ;) Honestly I don't like Nascar and not much interested F-1 since the cars are almost the same. More into drag and rally, since there is some major differences between cars depending on who made it.
I've never understood why people get so excited about Dan's bony little boy-butt. She's more creepy than sexy.
Baby got NO back.
Actually Michelle hasn't proven anything in the LPGA.
She won the Publinks US Amateur when she was 13 but she hasn't won anything in the last 3 years.
I can't for the life of me understand what she is doing trying out for PGA events...all she is doing is wasting celebrity value...she was in 149th spot yesterday when they took her away in an ambulance...
I've enjoyed the experience of two daughters going from age 14-18...believe me the use of enjoy was sarcasm... Michele may become the greatest woman golfer ever...but she and her "camp" are woefully mismanaging her career. Tiger's career would have been a perfect model for Michelle.
Danica on the other hand is a mature young lady and is definitely talented...but in NASCAR..."bump and grind" has a meaning with which I am sure Danica is unfamiliar.
I hope she does come to stock car racing and I hope she brings Vince McMahan with her. Nascar has gotten boring, cookie cutter cars, cookie cutter drivers, ancient technology. If you can watch a Daytona 500 without taking a nap you must be drunk. Lots of good racing on Speed however.
(Apologies in advance for the drunk remark.)
Jeff Gordon did redeem himself a bit when he drop kicked Matt Kenseth the other day, thats the way a Queen should act! Somebody needs to tell those boys to stop whining.
I like Vince *lol* I don't watch NASCAR anymore. I watched more of it in New York where it's not as popular. Now I just find it boring and am pursuing other interests.
Now of course they're free to do whatever they like, but one would think they'd at least win something before claiming nothing is left for them to prove. And if they fail at the next level, they've certainly burned the bridge behind them. Perhaps the sponsor dollars are large enough to make the risk worthwhile.
Nork - wanna ping the list?
The sponsor dollars are definitely there...but they will dry up quickly if she continues to fall short.
Remember Anika Sorenstam...appeared on only one PGA event and she is arguably the best woman golfer ever. But her appearance/performance apparently sucked all the PR/sponsor dollars out or her pride lead her to elude the appearance of being a loser.
"I don't care who you are, that's funny."
Yeah, I should've added an emoticon or < /sarcasm > tag...
1) NASCAR has gone about as far away from its roots as possible and somehow expanded its fan base; that in itself deserves some scientific study.
2) I'd agree with the "prefer drags and rally" comment except I'm only good for about one drag event a year, then it becomes reruns.
3) IRL &/or CART ... can only tell them apart by the (spec) engine manufacturer's name painted on the side and I'm not even sure it is still CART. They're interesting ONLY because of the drivers themselves and Patrick makes that cut. Almendinger (sic) on the other hand seems to be the real deal as well as a better story.
4) It's not true that finishing 24th means no one has a right to pull for a driver; if Yates could field a decent team Sadler would be in the chase. People like Kyle Petty despite the fact that he couldn't find first place if his father was driving. One of my all time favorites was Cecil Gordon, anybody remember him?
5) Don't knock advertising on the cars, it's the only reason Jarret has a job.
6) Everybody WANTS to see a competitive female driver, everybody WANTS to see a competitive black driver; once it gets done one time (as in drags, tennis, golf) you'll see more.
7) There is no valid explanation for Derrik Cope or Formula 1.
Physically, I don't think she would have any problems. Since the advent of power steering, Cup cars don't take that much brute strength to drive anymore. If you'll check the stats, most of the guys coming into the sport now are rather small compared to the six-foot, 200-pounders of the past. Mark Martin ain't a whole lot bigger than Danica.
The competition? It's brutal, all the way through the field, compared to open-wheelers. Can she handle it? We won't know until she tries.
Will she get treated rudely by her competitors on the track? Actually, that depends on her. The example people often give is Scott Pruett, how he got wrecked just about every week the year he tried Cup full time. Some say it's because he was an Indy-car foreigner infringing on NASCAR's territory. My understanding is that his behavior and attitude toward his peers contributed mightily to that.
Bottom line, IMHO she's welcome to try, and whatever happens, happens. Quite frankly, though, I'm not all that sold on her driving ability. Her nearly winning at Indy wasn't exactly a fluke circumstance, but it had more to do with a bunch of other factors including good pit crew work than with her being dominant on the track that day. I will say in her defense that this year, Rahal's cars are pretty much crap, so I don't know if anyone else could be doing any better.
I actually think Montoya has a better chance of not stinking up the joint and being reasonably competitive the second time around to all the tracks than she would.
that's ridiculous....she doesn't suck in IRL, she's a decent driver- any halfwit would realize the whole Rahal-Letterman racing teams switched chasis and all their drivers have had major problems adjusting to it...Buddy Rice, another Rahal-Letteman driver, has crashed three times this year because of the chasis switch....
IMHO, somebody is trying to sell Wie as more than just a female golfer ... and don't get me wrong, from what I've seen she has the skill set to be a great one ... and to be doing that to her at her age and at this point in her career is a disservice.
"People mag-i-fied". Good description of NASCAR President Brian France's vision of the future of his granddaddy's business.
Brian France is killing NASCAR. He's busy trying to create a skyscraper, but he seems oblivious to the fact that the foundation is crumbling into a sinkhole.
it isn't CART anymore- it is called Champ Series Racing...they will probably merge with the IRL for the '08 season...
CART of the late 90's is the blueprint of how to destroy an affluent sport....
As far as Kyle Petty, he got into the sport because it was expected of him. He actually became a reasonably decent race driver. But IMHO, he has never, ever, ever, ever had the fire in his belly to do this that his daddy had and that the great drivers had, and his career has reflected that.
the ONLY reason she finished so high in her first Indy race many say, is because she caused the incident that let her get up front.
other than that... she's showed me NOTHING that the several million dollars spent on her grooming couldn't be produced by anybody other young driver.
she's no phenom... or is that non-phenom
but that's just me.
That is pretty funny but far from accurate. If you look at the demographics for NASCAR (which advertisers do), their fans are more affluent, educated and tech-savvy then any other sport fan. The times they are a-changin' my friend!
Several IRL drivers have recently expressed a desire to drive stock cars at some point.
Maybe it's time to form a new stock car circuit to compete with NASCAR. There are several new tracks which can't get a Nextel Cup race, and some of the old tracks are losing races to the new, boring, cookie-cutter speedways in Chicago, Las Vegas, Kansas, and California.
Heck, they're even talking about building new generic speedways in New York and the state of Washington.
She has commented
on that. She said the rubbing [!]
in NASCAR reminds
her of her kid days
in go-carts. She said she could
get used to it fine . . .
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