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Danica Patrick rejects notion she can't compete in NASCAR
LATimes ^ | July 17, 2009 | Jim Peltz

Posted on 07/17/2009 10:02:17 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Danica Patrick on Friday rejected skeptics who say she is incapable of switching from driving lighter, aerodynamic Indy cars to the much bulkier and heavier stock cars used on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Patrick, 27, is in the last year of her contract with the IndyCar team Andretti Green Racing and is evaluating options for next season. Patrick last year became the first woman to win a major U.S.-sanctioned open-wheel race when she won the IndyCar race at Motegi, Japan.

She already had become a major sports figure after nearly winning the Indianapolis 500 in 2005, her rookie year. Now the IndyCar Series' most popular driver, she finished third in this year's Indy 500.

During a visit to Los Angeles to attend the ESPY Awards, Patrick also talked about her recent visit to Tony Stewart's NASCAR shop, the prospects of her moving to the Formula One series and other topics in a question-and-answer session:

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: autoracing; danica; nascar; notguilty; sports
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1 posted on 07/17/2009 10:02:17 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Has she ever won a race? Any at all?


2 posted on 07/17/2009 10:03:42 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

I believe she won a race in Japan.


3 posted on 07/17/2009 10:05:07 PM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: smokingfrog

I would like to see her smack some cars around, just to shake things up...


4 posted on 07/17/2009 10:05:30 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Chet 99

See trophy?


5 posted on 07/17/2009 10:05:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: smokingfrog

Give it a shot Danica. I see no problem with trying it out.


6 posted on 07/17/2009 10:07:36 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: smokingfrog; Chet 99

Duh!


7 posted on 07/17/2009 10:08:26 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Chet 99

I am sure she has won a few.

Putting Patrick’s victory in perspective

Danica Patrick’s first IndyCar win in the Japan 300 was more a triumph in public relations than auto racing.

It didn’t happen as the result of a final lap, wheel-to-wheel battle, one that many close observers of the sport feel she will never win.

It instead was more a battle between the race engineer’s computers on the Andretti Green team and that of her rival Helio Castroneves’ Penske Racing team. It was a matter of who would get the best fuel mileage in the final handful of laps of the 200-lap race.

http://sports.yahoo.com/irl/news?prov=yhoo&slug=bm-patrick042008&type=lgns


8 posted on 07/17/2009 10:08:59 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: smokingfrog

/lusting guy mode.................

9 posted on 07/17/2009 10:10:20 PM PDT by Sarajevo (You jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: smokingfrog

Go Danica. let them eat your dust.


10 posted on 07/17/2009 10:10:30 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: smokingfrog; SunkenCiv

Wow, I might get one one right #6

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2140606/posts

Sports

1) The Giants and the Steelers will play in the Super Bowl and the Giants will win.

2) UNC, UConn, Pittsburgh, and Texas will be in the 2009 Final Four - UNC will defeat Pittsburgh for the Championship.

3) NBA - Shaq will retire after the season. The Rockets will defeat the Celtics 4-2 to win the championship.

4) NHL - Red Wings over the Hurricanes 4-0.

5) MLB - Boston over the NY Mets 4-3.

6) Danica Patrick will leave IRL for NASCAR, Jimmy Johnson will lose the points race to Jeff Gordon.

7) BCS #1 and #2 December 2009 - Florida and Ohio State. Pete Carrol and Mack Brown leave for the NFL after the college season of 2009.

Entertainment


11 posted on 07/17/2009 10:11:32 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: smokingfrog

She’s won one race in 5 seasons. I like her, but she is better off in Indycar. NASCAR is much tougher.


13 posted on 07/17/2009 10:13:01 PM PDT by kingpins10
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To: smokingfrog

I’m sick of her playing coy and being all “im sexy but im not a slut but i’ll do suggestive things” like pick one. Either be professional or let me see the boobs.


14 posted on 07/17/2009 10:15:21 PM PDT by exist
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To: smokingfrog

She might want to heed the advice sent her way by Juan Pablo Montoya and Erin Crocker. NASCAR is not as easy as it looks.


15 posted on 07/17/2009 10:15:30 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare, "We know when it's time to take out the garbage!")
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To: exist
Almost saw more than that on Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Still can't figure out exactly what she was wearing, but she did look awfully cute.
16 posted on 07/17/2009 10:17:39 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: exist
Either be professional or let me see the boobs.

This would make a great tagline. I'm not ready to change mine just yet...just saying though in case anyone is looking for a good one...lol

18 posted on 07/17/2009 10:23:02 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: Chet 99

Yes, in 2008, she won the Indy Japan 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval, in Japan.

In addition, in only five years, she’s had 3 Poles, 4 Podium’s, and 39 Top Tens.

She was the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year, and the 2005 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, as well. She’s set 3 track records at Suzuka. This record puts her in the same class as Matsuumura and Andretti. The only Woman ever to do any of that.

Here’s a quote from Tony Stewart, who said, “I think obviously she’s got talent; she’s been successful in every form of racing she’s been in so far...”

And to add to all of that, she’s not hard on the eyes and, she’s a self made millionaire, to boot.


19 posted on 07/17/2009 10:23:58 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: smokingfrog

Ashley Force Hood is mucho hotter! And she doesn't take it off for the cameras, which I think she does just to drive me wild!

20 posted on 07/17/2009 10:25:10 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Fill your hands you sons of bitches!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Don’t believe that for a minute. She drove that win, pure and simple.


21 posted on 07/17/2009 10:25:22 PM PDT by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: Sarajevo

Women like Sarah Palin and Danica Patrick are so attractive and amazing to me.

not just because they are beautiful. I can see good looking women walking around campus all of the time. but outer beauty is one thing.

I think what it is. women like Danica and Sarah are so confident with their sexuality. so confident in who they are. they embrace their own feminine qualities and they are tough and fearless.


22 posted on 07/17/2009 10:25:44 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: smokingfrog

I don’t want her in NASCAR. I cannot stand the twitch. If her personality matched the looks it would be different. She is a snotty brat who I suspect is a lib.


23 posted on 07/17/2009 10:28:41 PM PDT by buschbaby (No longer silent ~ Practice In Your Face Conservatism)
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To: smokingfrog

Jimmy Kimmel Live - Danica Patrick and Jimmy Kimmel

24 posted on 07/17/2009 10:28:44 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: buschbaby

Really?

She has drive and is independent. She relies on herself and her team.

She seems okay.

Just my opinion of her.


25 posted on 07/17/2009 10:32:57 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: smokingfrog
Danica Patrick Pictures, Images and Photos

NASCAR is just all left turns anyway...

26 posted on 07/17/2009 10:33:14 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

NOT GUILTY!!

Um...

I mean... uh... Nice cams.


27 posted on 07/17/2009 10:38:27 PM PDT by Redcloak ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: smokingfrog
Dear Removed by Moderator,

Are not we so perfect and judgmental!

28 posted on 07/17/2009 10:46:48 PM PDT by jws3sticks (Sarah Palin forever!)
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To: jws3sticks

Are the “I’d hit it” remarks now being removed by the AM?


29 posted on 07/17/2009 10:49:06 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: smokingfrog
People are always the same. They don't think they are prejudiced but what they say gives it away. It used to be, "blacks(or insert race, nationality, sex) can't handle that kind of work!"(said by mostly democrats and KKK types), and instead of letting them try, the prejudiced types would work to ban whichever race, sex or nationality they didn't like from doing that type of work(whatever it was).

There are those on this forum and drivers in Nascar who are using the same tactics on Danica.

If she truly can't make it driving Nascar then she will fail, but she deserves the chance. People who don't want her to try are actually afraid she will make it and thus smash one of their prejudices to pieces.

30 posted on 07/17/2009 11:17:29 PM PDT by calex59 (I, me, myself, am actually Jim Thompson)
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To: calex59

The fact of the matter is, if it weren’t for the novelty of a woman driving in a sport dominated by men, NOBODY would be at all interested in a driver who has won one Indy race in 5 years trying to move to NASCAR. It’d be more like laugh and watch the wannabe not get a sponsor or car owner to take a chance on him. Tony Stewart is proof, he had to win the Indy 500 and dominate IRL to move to NASCAR.


31 posted on 07/17/2009 11:37:35 PM PDT by jyoders19
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To: buschbaby

I don’t think so. Danica has said that she didn’t ask for all the extra attention the media has given her because she’s a woman. Her primary desire is to race, not to be a feminist poster child.

Also, one thing about liberals - especially young, female liberals - is that they can’t keep their flaps shut about politics. The fact that Danica hasn’t gone political would seem to indicate that she isn’t one of them. She’s the first female race car driver to receive this much attention. She could have easily used her position on the media stage to shill for Shrillary or Zero. But she hasn’t.

I think Danica is either an apolitical person who just wants to focus on racing, or a closet conservative who has to keep quiet about her politics because she, like any celebrity, has no choice but to rely heavily on the liberal media to promote her name.


32 posted on 07/18/2009 12:08:48 AM PDT by JillValentine (Walter lied, kids died.)
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To: exist

Nothing wrong with “I’m sexy but I’m not a slut.” I think she’s a good role model. Young women should be independent, assertive, and confident in their own sexuality, without being sluts.

That said, I wouldn’t mind a tasteful topless shoot of her. (Full nude would be going too far). She’d be representing all the other small-breasted, slim & boyish-hipped women out there, including me (looks down at her small chest affectionately).

In this age where Michelle Obama is constantly being held up by the liberal media as the ideal standard of beauty, society needs its Danicas. I don’t want young women being told they “have the body of a 12-year-old boy” (fav line of the Marilyn Monroe Size 16 pushers when criticizing slender women) if they have a posterior smaller than Mee-Shell’s truck-sized one.


33 posted on 07/18/2009 12:22:45 AM PDT by JillValentine (Walter lied, kids died.)
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To: Snickering Hound

I’d drive that

:)


34 posted on 07/18/2009 1:07:08 AM PDT by SideoutFred (B.O. Stinks...it really does)
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To: JillValentine
That said, I wouldn’t mind a tasteful topless shoot of her. (Full nude would be going too far). She’d be representing all the other small-breasted, slim & boyish-hipped women out there, including me (looks down at her small chest affectionately).

Best Post Ever.

35 posted on 07/18/2009 1:11:24 AM PDT by exist
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To: exist

Thanks, I’ll be here all week.


36 posted on 07/18/2009 1:35:52 AM PDT by JillValentine (Walter lied, kids died.)
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To: JillValentine

Not small breasted hon, the term is perky. Perky is good.

Besides, as you get older your friends will get fat. You’ll just fill out a little.


37 posted on 07/18/2009 2:51:42 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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To: rawhide

Who’s Kimmel, some queer, sure looks it?


38 posted on 07/18/2009 3:06:57 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: jyoders19
The big problem (quite literally!) for Patrick in NASCAR is that unlike the IRL, NASCAR Sprint Cup racers don't have the "weight advantage" when driving a Sprint Cup car. In the Indy Racing League, Patrick--being some 30-50 pounds lighter than most of the other drivers on that racing circuit--has potentially huge advantages on a race car where weight saving in any form of a few pounds can be HUGELY effective.
39 posted on 07/18/2009 4:00:45 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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Ray, you simply MUST stop clouding the issue with common sense and logic!!!!!
40 posted on 07/18/2009 4:30:24 AM PDT by Roccus (The Capitol, the White House, the Court House...........America's Axis of Evil)
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To: dalereed

What looks queer about him? He seems to be enjoying his close physical interaction with an attractive woman. Seems pretty straight to me.


41 posted on 07/18/2009 4:33:56 AM PDT by JillValentine (Walter lied, kids died.)
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To: Snickering Hound

Holy Kamoli!!!

First time I’ve seen that foto.

She can drive anything she wants.


42 posted on 07/18/2009 4:38:14 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: JillValentine

Why, hello JillValentine. Fancy meeting you here. :-)


43 posted on 07/18/2009 4:39:26 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: mnehring

Kind of like Juan Pablo’s first year... little bump and go. He seems to be quite a bit better now.


44 posted on 07/18/2009 4:45:33 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: Lee'sGhost

(tries to look innocent)


45 posted on 07/18/2009 4:57:41 AM PDT by JillValentine (Walter lied, kids died.)
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To: Chet 99

Didn’t read the story, did you?


46 posted on 07/18/2009 4:59:04 AM PDT by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: jyoders19

tony stewart never won the indy 500.


47 posted on 07/18/2009 5:23:52 AM PDT by TexasM1A
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To: smokingfrog

I think Danica would be too risky, like Kyle Busch with excess female hormones but worse.

You bump draft this lady you better make sure her pit stall is far away.

Or let her try it out, who knows, maybe because she is a lady all the good ole boys will let her be number 1 for the whole season.


48 posted on 07/18/2009 5:31:57 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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To: JillValentine
Danica has said that she didn’t ask for all the extra attention the media has given her because she’s a woman.

IF she switches to NASCAR, she's gonna change that tune. The media hype will be the ONLY thing that will allow her to stay in Sprint Cup while she tries to build a credible record there. Like Juablo said "...she doesn't know what she's getting into."

49 posted on 07/18/2009 5:41:24 AM PDT by Roccus (The Capitol, the White House, the Court House...........America's Axis of Evil)
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To: buschbaby

Is your first name Kyle by any chance?


50 posted on 07/18/2009 6:22:17 AM PDT by csmusaret (If you like this economy, keep voting for Donkeys.)
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