Danica Patrick gives NASCAR the edge

No doubt, Danica Patrick,  the 29-year old auto racing driver, model, and advertising spokeswoman is easy on the eyes. Love those GoDaddy.com commercials too (make sure you check out the ones on the Internet that aren’t shown on TV). This Wisconsin-born diva and attention-getting babe is all over the place. But please, Danica Patrick does NOT yet belong as a driver in the upcoming Daytona 500 on February 26. You got to earn that, honey!

For six years Danica Patrick has driven open-wheel race cars, became the 4th woman to compete in the Indy 500 in 2005, and recorded the highest ever female finish (3rd) in the 2009 Indy 500. I’ll admit to the fact that she is the only woman in history to ever win in the IndyCar series (the Japan 300), but it took her 116 starts to get that done. She began racing in the NASCAR Nationwide series as well in 2010. Ranked as the 26th best Nationwide series driver, her best finish to date was a 4th in Las Vegas last year, with only four Top Tens in two years (25 races).

This year, she will begin running full-time in the Nationwide series AND a 10-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Many of the circuit’s good-old boys don’t like this invasion into their asphalt and aren’t falling for her sexy ways. The real kicker is that just by coming to Stewart-Haas Racing and that team’s point standings finish from last year is Patrick getting a “free” ride in this year’s Daytona 500, her very first race in the Sprint Cup series, with the #10 GoDaddy.com

Danica PatrickChevrolet. Her new boss and my boy Tony Stewart has said, “I think obviously she’s got talent; she’s been successful in every form of racing she’s been in so far, and I don’t see why she wouldn’t be successful here (in NASCAR)”. Obviously, “Smoke” has been inhaling too many exhaust fumes and watchin too many GoDaddy.com commercials. All she has ever done in her racing career is throw EVERYBODY under the bus, or car as it were, when she doesn’t win. If you notice it’s never her, always the car or pit crew getting blamed for not winning.

Last year’s out-of-nowhere winner, 19-year old Trevor Bayne’s race team “bought” his way in too without qualifying the previous year. Danica is hoping for the same fortune. The Daytona 500 is supposed to be reserved for the 43 fastest cars. Instead, it’s become a point-swapping game to get in the biggest names (and faces). For now the 5’-2”, 100lb. Patrick is nothing but a sassy little girl, showing off her sweet Mercedes ML 63 or Lamborghini Gallardo tooling around town, doing provocative TV commercials and Sports Illustrated swim suit layouts. Until she actually proves herself on the NASCAR track, I’ll consider her just like another Natalie Gulbis or Anna Kournikova…… non-winning eye candy. Maybe she’ll wear her bikini while driving or flash the other drivers down the backstretch?………ooooh yeah, baby! I can live with that.


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