danica-free zone

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick talks about running races in February at Auto Club Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2010 in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Thursday at JR Motorsports in Mooresville, N.C. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images)It’s only been days since Danica Patrick announced her deal with JR Motorsports to run part-time in the Nationwide series and I’m already done.

The only thing I’d like to read about less would be the latest skank to come out and say she slept with Tiger Woods. (Why would you admit that you slept with a married man? I don’t understand that at all)

It’s kind of hard for me to reconcile my feelings about all of the hubbub surrounding Danica. On the one hand as a female, I’m all for supporting another woman, but I think it should be noted that just because she is a woman doesn’t mean that I’m going to run out and by any and all Danica gear for that same reason.

I support all people, male or female, in their pursuit of their dreams. If you want to be a race car driver and you want to be the best all the better for you, go for it.

But she’s not NASCAR’s savior, and I didn’t know that NASCAR needed one to be perfectly honest with you. I think that NASCAR does a good job of staying true to itself and rolling with the times. NASCAR will never be the NFL or MLB, and it should never try to be like them. If someone is curious and willing to check out NASCAR they will. Trying to create hype around a person who’s going to have the same learning curve as everyone else isn’t going to triple your fan base overnight.

She didn’t do it for IndyCar, why should NASCAR be any different?

Obviously this is a huge opportunity for her personally; she can make a buttload of money and not even win anything.

I have no beef with Danica, she’s doing what she should. My issues lie with the people that are putting way too much on her arrival before she ever gets into a car.

So this is my one and only post about her, unless something really news worthy happens, ya know like if she wins a race or gets into a fist fight with Kyle Busch.



  1. YowserYowser
    December 20, 2009 at 2:32 PM ·

    I just spent a better part of the weekend listening to Danica Patrick, Tony Eury Jr., Pops Eury, and TJ Majors working with Danica to develop her NASCAR driving skills (ARCA opened a scanner channel to Danica’s car). Danica is the real deal. It was a shame that NASCAR and ARCA didn’t think to open the session to television.

    Danica’s professionalism and modesty in her capabilities was very refreshing to listen to as she bantered back and forth with TJ, Tony Jr. and Pops. She drove for nearly 70 laps Saturday and over 100 laps today. She wasn’t the fastest, but the work ethic she brought to the test was amazing to witness over the scanner.

    Disappointed in your poor attitude toward Ms. Patrick.


  2. YowserYowser
    December 20, 2009 at 2:37 PM ·

    Also if you were really interested in NASCAR, you would have known there were a number of other women at the track. Alli Owens and Milka Duno were quite fast in during the session. Leilani Munter had to work all weekend on her car but by the end of Sunday’s session had climbed to P7. The Cope sisters (Derrick Cope’s neices) were there and so was Jennifer Cobb.

    What Danica mania is going to do is bring more sponsors in to look at the women racers. It will be the season of women in racing.

  3. January 1, 2010 at 10:32 AM ·

    I for one am anxiously looking forward to Danica this year. I believe that she’ll add something to the circuit that will be quite special. She has the sponsors,she has the know how,she’s competitive to a fault and she’ll be a refreshing addition to the sport. Go Danica Go…count me in as a suporter.