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Danica Patrick in spotlight at Daytona (Bud Shoot-out Sat. Nite, Duals Thu./500 next Sunday)
SFGate.com ^ | 2/16/12 | Jenna Fryer - AP

Posted on 02/16/2012 2:29:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge

Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP) -- The buildup for Danica Patrick's first Daytona 500 began in earnest at Thursday's annual media day, where auto racing's sweetheart was saddled with a full schedule of commitments.

Patrick was shuffled from interview to interview, answering questions and shooting promotions for her first full season in NASCAR. She couldn't even find solitude in the bathroom:

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: danicapatrick; daytona; spotlight
Here's to the FReepathon being done by the 500!!

BooOOOOO YYYaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

1 posted on 02/16/2012 2:30:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

She would be the only reason I would watch a 500 mile left turn.


2 posted on 02/16/2012 2:33:05 PM PST by Sybeck1 (It's official, Mitt can't win in either Dixie or the Midwest.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m glad Danica has gone to NASCAR. Maybe now they’ll talk about other drivers. You know, like, drivers who actually win races?


3 posted on 02/16/2012 2:38:26 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Common sense isn't a blessing. It's a curse because you have to deal with those who don't have it.)
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She is set to run 10 Cup races and compete for the full-season on the Nationwide circuit.. no INdy car this year. She's series. ;-)

Why would Smoke sign her otherwise? She looks better in a bikini than Newman in a SPeedo, perhaps *-?

This ain't Winston Cup racing, that's for sure.


4 posted on 02/16/2012 2:40:35 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

And by “they” I mean IndyCar commentators.


5 posted on 02/16/2012 2:43:13 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Common sense isn't a blessing. It's a curse because you have to deal with those who don't have it.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

It’s almost odd ‘they’ would single out Danica, there are more than one or two female drivers running in many races these days. I say let them race... if they crash they crash.. it’s about the racing and being lucky once and awhile.


6 posted on 02/16/2012 2:58:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Restrictor plates and women drivers.
Now all they need to do is replace Darrell Waltrip and
Chris Myers with Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Maher and the
chickification of NASCAR will be complete. Will the new
affirmative action rules allow for rubbing, slamming,
pushing or drafting Patrick? When are they going to
impose speed limits on the track?


7 posted on 02/16/2012 3:03:45 PM PST by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This thread is worthless without MORE pics..


8 posted on 02/16/2012 3:07:32 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

9 posted on 02/16/2012 3:22:43 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel

Thank you very much sir!


10 posted on 02/16/2012 3:31:57 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: NormsRevenge

Even with Danica’s exit, there are still two women driving in IndyCar. Both have experience with big crashes; one is Simona de Silvestro, who crashed hard during practice at Indy (and STILL managed to qualify for the race, in an overweight backup car with her hands bandaged!). The other is Katherine Legge, who had 15 minutes of fame back in ‘06, when she crashed in the Kink at Road America during a Champ Car race.

Given all the attention Legge received for crashing, I can only imagine what would ensue for auto racing’s first female driver fatality...


11 posted on 02/16/2012 3:42:43 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Common sense isn't a blessing. It's a curse because you have to deal with those who don't have it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Cue the photos of a half-naked teenage boy .....


12 posted on 02/16/2012 3:58:05 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Charles Martel
 

13 posted on 02/16/2012 4:08:46 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: NormsRevenge

Danica Patrick will give ‘pole position’ a brand new meaning.


14 posted on 02/16/2012 4:12:12 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Sybeck1
She would be the only reason I would watch a 500 mile left turn.

You left out the other part:

Turn left and GO FAST!

15 posted on 02/16/2012 4:14:10 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Slambat

“Will the new affirmative action rules allow for rubbing, slamming, pushing or drafting Patrick?”

Why on earth would we ban rubbing, slamming, pushing, or drafting Danica Patrick. These all seem like laudable goals.


16 posted on 02/16/2012 4:15:02 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’d like to spend an afternoon swapping paint with her!


17 posted on 02/16/2012 4:28:14 PM PST by Veggie Todd (I don't mind you hitting me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi.)
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To: RinaseaofDs
Danica Patrick will give ‘pole position’ a brand new meaning.

not to mention "I'd hit it" (or at least bump-draft it)

18 posted on 02/16/2012 6:31:29 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: NonValueAdded

Post # 9.............looks as though one would need a crowbar to hit that. Than again, could just be a ploy ?


19 posted on 02/17/2012 6:25:22 AM PST by buck61
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Y’know, it could be worse. Milka Duno still has a ride. Granted, she’s in ARCA, the double-A ball of stock car racing. And she was the first car wrecked out of the ARCA race at Daytona on Saturday. And somehow, someway, despite a decent save when she got spun and managing not to hit ANYTHING and slide onto pit road...the next shot of her car was hanging on the back of a wrecker.

Patrick, de Silvestro, and (maybe) Legge have shown occasional flashes of skill. Patrick’s had some decent runs in Nationwide the past year, and she has won an Indy car race (granted, a fuel economy run, but still, a win’s a win). Duno’s never had anything going for her besides her looks.

}:-)4


20 posted on 02/20/2012 12:09:29 PM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: Moose4

“Duno’s never had anything going for her besides her looks.”

That, and a barrel of cash courtesy of Uncle Hugo.

She’s the reason IndyCar has the 105% rule for qualifying. It’s pretty sad when you qualify dead last of 24 cars on a road course and are almost three times as far behind the 23rd starter as the 23rd starter is off the pole.


21 posted on 02/20/2012 1:12:04 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Common sense isn't a blessing. It's a curse because you have to deal with those who don't have it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

As said to my then employerTV station management team by a viewer upset by too much NASCAR on tv, “It’s just a bunch of inbred white boys driving around in circles.”


22 posted on 02/20/2012 1:16:22 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Duno’s had three advantages. The first was Uncle Hugo setting her up with that Citgo sponsorship.

The second and third fill out her firesuit.

}:-)4


23 posted on 02/20/2012 1:45:01 PM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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