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December 8, 2009

Danica Seeks Additional Challenges…As If She Hasn’t Got Enough Already

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:24 pm

The sports world is abuzz today over news that Danica Patrick made a deal with JR Motorsports to drive a GoDaddy sponsored car in some Nationwide and ARCA races beginning with Daytona. It is a two year deal they say will not conflict with her day job in Indy cars. What is cool is the attention this little stunt could bring to Indy Car.

Many believe she is talented but also believe she will end up being another Dario or any of the other open wheelers who have waltzed in to NASCAR and expected immediate success. Some of the more classless, pompous, immature rednecks are already spouting off with nuggets such as ‘The IRL will get her back. Racing with the big boys is different.’

I would like to see her compete in the same way she does in Indy Cars, but I simply do not see that happening for many years. Sam Hornish is probably more skilled than Danica and they have raced together in the past. But look at Sam’s spotty record in the big, heavy, slow cars. Sometimes I wish his daddy had not ended up on his ass in a stupid fight; Sam might still be trying to become the next Rick Mears in Indy Car instead of trying to crack the top 35 every week.

Redneck Idiots Waiting For Danica To Fail

As for Danica, I like the throwback aspect of dabbling in NASCAR (as legends such as A.J., Mario, Rutherford and others used to do), but again, my gut tells me the boys who have actually toiled for years to climb the NASCAR ladder will resent the inordinate amount of press Danica will no doubt receive, and as a result she will get up close and personal with more walls than a drywall contractor. Let’s just hope she can balance the precision and nerve it takes to drive and Indy Car at over 225 against the slow brute force necessary to hop off the jet fighter and onto the bulldozer.

Janet Guthrie believes Danica should try and leverage her top shelf seat with Mikey into more wins. The optimists writing sponsorship checks envision her as a replacement for Mark Martin. I don’t. No one in their right mind would. But sex sells. Juan Pablo has taken three years to reach a minimal level of success in Cup, and he thinks Danica is making the wrong choice.

NASCAR is salivating because they understand the potential value she brings in shoring up their sagging ratings and attendance. We wish her the best of luck. She brings attention to motorsports. But when she gets her ass handed to her it hopefully will not adversely affect her Indy Car career or her stated goal to win the Indianapolis 500. Of course that was Tony Stewart’s goal as well, but that has not worked out either.

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5 Comments »

  1. But when she gets her ass handed to her it hopefully will not adversely affect her Indy Car career or her stated goal to win the Indianapolis 500. Of course that was Tony Stewart’s goal as well, but that has not worked out either.

    Nice to see that you have already graded her an F in NASCAR racing, I will wait and see just how she does, IMO I believe that she has already tested with her owners cars or she would not have taken this extra step in her career, my guess is that she was able to be completive during the tests,

    I will get back with you in a few Months, in the mean time I wish her success on her new venture.

    Comment by Rosco — December 9, 2009 @ 1:10 am | Reply

  2. Danica is not going to help NASCAR. She might help Danica but that is about it. Secondly, she’s not racing in CUP. This is not going to save NASCAR.

    She will hurt NASCAR because Danica represents more of the same of what has turned long time NASCAR fans away from the sport.

    She has not tested a car from what I understand. But this is not important because it’s not about racing. It’s about marketing. And for those who have been earning their stripes in the Trucks and ARCA series, it must be frustrating.

    Comment by Mike Miller — December 9, 2009 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

  3. “Let’s just hope she can balance the precision and nerve it takes to drive and Indy Car at over 225 against the slow brute force necessary to hop off the jet fighter and onto the bulldozer.”

    Hey, the way the IRL is moving, Danica won’t have to worry about ever going 225 again except in the month of May. She may even be going to Nascar because she loves oval racing. And if so all I can say is “You go girl”.

    The IRL is setting itself up to fail because all road and street leagues fail. This is the terrible contradiction in your outlook defender. The IRL can only suceeed if it is mainly an oval racing league. Otherwise its called F1 light, or perhaps CART.

    Comment by Bob F. — December 9, 2009 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

    • No, this only speaks NASCAR’s desperation. It’s not a fluke she’s teaming with that series most over rated driver. This is NASCAR marketing gimmicks at work.

      Bob, you might want to look at the history of CART starting at 1979 and realize at one time it was a successful series and it included road races.

      Your IRL failure seems to be a pipe dream. And again, realize the desperate measures being taken by NASCAR to put an untested driver in this seat.

      Comment by Mike Miller — December 9, 2009 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  4. The simple fact of the matter is that she’s going to do about a dozen stock car races next year. That’s about as many as Hornish had done by late-April 2008. How was he doing around then? Scrapping to get into the top-35 in qualifying, no? And isn’t it pretty clear that Sam’s pretty clearly a better driver than Danica, just going off of career results? Why should we expect that her theoretically superior Hendrick equipment is going to be enough to whitewash her complete lack of experience in low-downforce, overweight cars?

    Danica’s a well-above average IndyCar driver, but she’s not going to get anywhere in stock car racing by only dipping one toe in the water, and trying to also drive a high-downforce car for the bulk of the year. If she wants any respect or results in stock cars at all, she’s going to have to take the whole plunge and quit IndyCars alltogether. She’ll sell about a billion t-shirts this year, but when wins don’t come, that’ll dry up too. Danica does not have a deified late father, whose fanbase will buy her stuff until the day she retires. Danica’s welcome will wear out real fast for everyone, media, fellow drivers, and fans, if wins don’t come. And they won’t. I’m expecting the NASCAR dalliance to be over before 2012.

    Comment by The Speedgeek — December 9, 2009 @ 7:13 pm | Reply


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