The Big Deal About Danica Patrick
First of all, Danica Patrick is 31-years-old with a height of 5 feet and 2 inches and somehow she is a model. That in it self is already amazing, before you even mention her successes as a race car driver.
In 2008, Danica became the only female to win in an Indy Car series race when she won the Indy Japan 300. She didn’t stop there, but went on to win third place in the Indianapolis 500 the very next year. Giving her the highest finish there that a female has ever had. Further adding to her lists of firsts, Danica was the first female driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup series pole in 2013.
Sadly, not everyone can accept the new girls talent. Robby Gordon once said that her low body weight was an unfair advantage. Don’t you see his point? I mean that’s just as bad as tall guys playing basketball or fast guys playing football. It’s completely unfair! Robby, come on now, that was such a cry baby moment. I’m embarrassed for you.
On to the next, well… ill thought out criticism, given by Kyle Petty. He said, “She can go fast, but she can’t race.” I would love to know what exactly Petty thinks racing is because I was under the impression that driving fast was a key component.
Give the girl a chance. Danica is paving the way for female drivers. So far she hasn’t run into any jet dryers and she got where she is without using anyone else’s name. She worked extremely hard to be the racer she is today and rather than plateau like so many other drivers, she continues to get better with every race she runs in.
I see no reason for anyone to believe that she is nothing more than a “marketing machine” as Kyle Petty claims. Be as petty as you’d like to boys, it isn’t slowing Danica down a bit.