Monday, September 1, 2014

Why NASCAR Needs Danica Patrick.

If you're sensitive to swearing, then turn away now:

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Danica Patrick, the only woman driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Her fans (and there are many) see her as a groundbreaking pioneer, fighting hard to make her way in a man's world.

Her detractors (and there are many of those as well) see her at best as a shameless opportunist who is much more of a marketing machine than a competent driver and at worst as little more than a pretty face who has absolutely no business being behind the wheel in NASCAR.

Source: Why Danica Patrick Still Moves the Needle in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

On an extended personal note (which I'm not very fond of doing, and prefer to let my posts "speak for themselves"), I just watched Danica finish 6th in the Oral-B 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Somehow I managed to get a live no-cost stream, but also followed the race through Stewart-Haas Racing on Twitter and NASCAR's frequent updates. I was glued to the race as it progressed, but only because I wanted to see Danica do well, if not win. I frankly admit that if she had crashed out, or had "car problems", I wouldn't have bothered watching anymore of the race, but certainly checked the final results later.

Danica is no doubt a very attractive young lady with a nice body, but ever since I started following her in January this year (2014), that has been the very least of my considerations. It was her sheer driving talent (first demonstrated in Indy Car), and determination that has always inspired me.

Danica Patrick broke the record for the best finish for a female with her sixth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Not only did Patrick top the record set by Janet Guthrie in 1978 at the 1.5-mile track, she set a personal best finish breaking her previous effort of seventh set at Kansas Speedway on May 10.

Source: Record-breaking run for Danica at Atlanta.

Danica is the only "girl" in what is essentially a "boys club", and that alone has immense drawing power. Before this year (2014) I not only never followed NASCAR, but didn't have the least bit of interest in it, but that was "BD", or "Before Danica". Now I follow NASCAR every weekend, because of Danica, and yet I still wouldn't call myself a "feminist", far from it. And I think that's part of the "Danica mystique", that she's never asked for concessions (which wouldn't be granted in NASCAR anyway), but opted to compete on a level playing field. She gives as good as she gets in the rough and tumble of NASCAR, and doesn't expect, nor gets, any preferential treatment.

That is what I call a woman really worth admiration, by both males and females.

Danica Patrick: Behind the Scenes at Talladega.

Part 1:

Part 2:


A Winning Danica Patrick Is Nascar's Biggest Hope To Restart Growth.

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