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August 18, 2011

Danica Defection From Indy Car…When Rumors Become News

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:46 pm

The mostly lapdog NASCAR-centric press has once again worked itself into a pre-orgasmic frenzy about the rumored possibility of Danica Patrick taking her talents Souf. Or ‘South’ as normal people refer to it. It is just about the only thing they consider news in the slower, fendered behemoth branch of the sport.

If you are not already sick and tired of mostly ignorant, lowest common denominator media hacks positioning Danica for half a decade in Indy Car as the female coming of Christ, you have not seen anything yet. Once she gets into NASCAR full time the hype about her will be deafening. NASCAR will get a taste of hundreds of otherwise worthwhile stories getting lost in the shuffle as the queen is coronated then worshipped by lazy, unoriginal, mostly ignorant media blowhards. This cacophony of shrill, empty hype will be led, no doubt, by our mutual broadcast partner, who will relegate Indy Car to an even darker place in their basement.

The only real negative I see about Danica taking her ‘brand’ to NASCAR is that the hundreds of Danica wannabes, mostly female of all ages, who bought her merchandise by the trailer load will now be spending those dollars in NASCAR trailers.

Her oft-stated dream of putting a Borg in her trophy case might be a big fat lie. After all, running NASCAR races in Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend won’t get her any closer to that ‘dream.’ The money will be good, though. Maybe folks will now begin to realize Dan Wheldon is a two time winner of the 500.

Thing is Danica, when not in the public eye and no cameras are around, is a really nice, down to earth person who likes to laugh and just shoot the breeze. What we see with her publicly is the dark side of having your life and most every movement micromanaged. In a way I feel sorry for her, but the money may cause her to go along with the milking of the ‘brand’ until she is past her prime.

Sorry about the loss of her Indy 500 dreams. Too bad she was not able to attain it.



  1. Don’t let the open wheels hit you on the way out the door, Danica. I have
    never been a fan of her’s and frankly am glad to see her take her Danica Patrick
    Inc. show somewhere else. I can’t wait for the Cup boys to put her into the wall
    for the first time.

    Comment by Bob F. — August 18, 2011 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  2. IndyCar will miss the money she brings, but I won’t miss her.

    Comment by IcyFog — August 19, 2011 @ 12:31 am | Reply

  3. I WAS a fan at the beginning–I thought Danica was the real deal, one that could actually be a real female star, i.e. win races. Guess it was all smoke and mirrors. Maybe if Simona could overcome her incredible bad luck, she could take up where the Princess left off.

    Comment by DOUG — August 19, 2011 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

  4. It is something of an indictment of INDYCAR that Danica has been “spirited away” to NASCAR’s NUMBER TWO SERIES. When last the tintops came raiding INDYCAR, they took Sam Hornish Jr. and Dario Franchitti to Cup. As to that move? Well, Dario is back dominating INDYCAR and Sam is somewhat underemployed (and should be thinking about following Dario’s lead back to INDYCAR.)

    What will be interesting to see is how fast Princess Sparkle Pony makes it to “the majors.” If hype rules, she’ll spend a year in NNS and then someone will bump her up to Cup racing where she’ll go through a whole ‘nother learning curve.And, to be truthful, at the money she’ll make, they can’t AFFORD to have her languish in NNS for more than a year.

    I posted on another blog that I would not be surprised to see her back at the Indy 500 next year as a one-off. Because her NASCAR affiliation will be with Chevy, you have to think that would put her on one of the Chevy teams, which brings Roger Penske into the equation, or possible a return with Andretti, though I have my doubts about that one. (Let’s not forget that a one-off won this year’s 500.)

    I still think, when you look at the progress she has made on road courses (with several top 10’s this year,) the girl can drive. In INDYCAR, she seems to bring the car home every week that Brian Barnhart doesn’t have a brain fart, and she can be competitive on ANY oval in the series, and she is starting to move up from mid-pack in NNS, with 3 top 10s in 7 starts.

    What is more important to INDYCAR however, is the money and fans she’s taking with her to the cabs. How do you replace your most marketable star? (Does anyone have Sam Hornish on speed dial?)

    Comment by SkipinSC — August 21, 2011 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

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