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Sunday, February 24, 2013

She's doomed

Between all the media hype and the Nationwide at Daytona crash, it appears that Danica Patrick is a prime example of Hultgreen-Curie syndrome just waiting to happen:
It was guaranteed that Patrick's arrival this year as the first female to compete fulltime in NASCAR's premier division would generate a tremendous amount of attention. She already had developed a loyal fan following based on her accomplishments in the Indianapolis 500 (two top-five finishes) as well as her appearances in numerous television commercials for primary sponsor GoDaddy.  Then she went out and won the pole position for Sunday's running of the Daytona 500, and the hype machine shifted into overdrive.

Suddenly this has become more than just another auto race. It is a full-blown event, coated with larger social implications. Patrick isn't being compared just to Janet Guthrie, the driver who motored past gender barriers in the 1970s by qualifying for both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. She is evoking memories of Billie Jean King, who won the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match with Bobby Riggs in 1973, striking a highly publicized blow for female equality.
Patrick has become a symbol of success for little girls, a high-speed, high-profile example of all that is possible in life.
Patrick seems nice enough and I don't wish her a fiery death on the track or anything like that.  But I can't say that I'll be shocked if something goes very, very wrong at the Daytona 500.  And it should be kept in mind that as a leading symbol of equalitarianism, Danica Patrick has become a totem for the evil that is infesting Western civilization and eating away at its foundations.

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57 Comments:

Anonymous Mudz February 24, 2013 6:29 AM  

Ak, don't say that! That's how my cousin killed Heath Ledger!

Anonymous Outlaw X February 24, 2013 6:36 AM  

Anybody who actually watched that match knows Bobby Riggs took a fall on purpose, it was so damn obvious it was worse than a Don King boxing match. I mean even mom laughed.

I don't know if one can get the film still ut it is worth watching an agenda unfold.

Blogger tz February 24, 2013 7:08 AM  

Or more likely, she will swerve and cause a half dozen other drivers to be injured or killed.

I can only remember the fighter pilotesses.

Once a century, a Joan of Arc might come along, and she met a firey death too.

One woman playing the same game doesn't ruin anything. It is when they start getting together and insist on rule changes.

I was recently musing that children don't respect parents - but the parents transmitted that value. Boys used to respect their mother as mother and show something like reverence. But mothers were being honored for motherhood. Not for their outside careers.

Anonymous Mr Green Man February 24, 2013 7:29 AM  

The highest likelihood is that she'll crash out early, then she'll be interviewed where she blames her crew, then they'll have footage of her stamping her foot waiting to yell at some other driver for not doing the chivalrous thing and yielding the spot to her.

ABC and Indy created the "Danica phenomenon" when she stalled her engine at the Indy 500, got on a different fuel cycle, and led a lap, and then finished badly. She has one win in an IRL race (not the big one). Johanna Long finished better than her yesterday; Milka Duno is more pleasant than her; the Cope Twins are a more attractive sideshow attraction. I'm just looking forward to her 30+ place finish so she can join the ranks of the IRL and F1 racers who have been unable to convert to stock car racing (which, except for Stewart, has been pretty much all of them).

My guess is that there will be something that causes her to leave the series this year and become a lifetime color commentator/pit reporter for ESPN. ABC made her; ABC can have her.

Anonymous Mr Green Man February 24, 2013 7:35 AM  

Something in favor of the H-C hypothesis: I think she really does know she's been outgunned and over-hyped, and it cracks through on occasion. I forget the year, but the first Indy 500 where Marco Andretti showed up, the follow on to her "historic" stall-and-lead-a-lap, Marco did really well, Danica did badly in the exact same equipment with a better crew, ABC was once again there to interview Danica, and she asked them why they weren't talking to Marco. One of the races last year when she particularly screwed up and couldn't figure out how to blame her crew, she did question why they were interviewing her in 35th instead of 1-2-3.

Anonymous daddynichol February 24, 2013 7:48 AM  

Living in Chicago is more dangerous than attending a NASCAR race. Patrick has some of the best equipment, crew, financial backing, but she can't get the job done. However, she pulls in the money. Autohooker.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 24, 2013 8:23 AM  

Well, this appears to be her calling or her passion so if she is happy that is what is most important.

However, it is terrifying (amazing) to drive that fast around a track for that long. In Charlotte or on the north end of town any nascar event draws a huge crowd. Attending an event isn't an hour long thing. It is an all day affair of screaming, screeching, exhaust fumes and watching nauseating levels of speed but for some the adrenaline and machinery is fascinating.

Just thinking about driving over 60 around and around a track would be too much for weak women like me, think vertigo town.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 24, 2013 8:40 AM  

I never want to see anyone get hurt or injured, here is an example of needless pain and suffering. When I lived in OH, driving by this particular area of town is not someplace to walk or hike - IT IS A CLIFF/steep side of jefferson county but; http://www.wtov9.com/news/news/girl-injured-after-falling-cliff/nWYJ9/

Anonymous CrisisEraDynamo February 24, 2013 8:56 AM  

And if you all are proven wrong and she does a stellar job?

Hey, it's a possibility, and not a horrible one either. So a girl can race a racecar. No skin off my back.

Blogger Lovekraft February 24, 2013 8:59 AM  

The point MRAs are trying to make is that we would like feminists to leave male spaces alone. Is there anywhere men can congregate without having some harridan come in a try to dictate terms?

Blogger JDC February 24, 2013 9:11 AM  

@Lovekraft - one of the few sanctified, female-free spaces I have found has been deer camp. The formula is simple. Lots of beer/whiskey, cards and meals consisting of venison, beef and sausage without a trace of vegetable matter. The rest just takes care of itself.

Anonymous J February 24, 2013 9:18 AM  

If she has done well in the Indy 500, does that not prove she is competent to drive a racecar? Were the other drivers holding back because she was a girl, or something?

Is Daytona much harder than the Indy 500 for some reason, is that why we should expect a crash?

It's not like competent male drivers don't crash and die...

Anonymous Godfrey February 24, 2013 9:23 AM  

"Patrick has become a symbol of success for little girls, a high-speed, high-profile example of all that is possible in life."


Success is driving in a circle at high speed? No, I think it mere entertainment for the rest of us.

Success for little girls or little boys is growing up in harmony with reality to be a good wife and mother or to be a good husband and father. That's true success despite the irrational nonsense the poisonous culture continually attempts to drum into their little minds.

Success is to maintaining your sanity in this lunatic asylum we call a “society”.

Anonymous Lulabelle February 24, 2013 9:30 AM  

"Success for little girls or little boys is growing up in harmony with reality to be a good wife and mother or to be a good husband and father. That's true success despite the irrational nonsense the poisonous culture continually attempts to drum into their little minds."

Yep.

Anonymous Anonymous February 24, 2013 9:47 AM  

Seriously guys when was the last time someone won the D500 AND qualified for the pole position? She'll be lucky to finish, someone's gonna spin her out wether it be a genuine accident or otherwise.

Anonymous YIH February 24, 2013 9:53 AM  

Suddenly this has become more than just another auto race. It is a full-blown event,
Suddenly the Super Bowl has become more than just another NFL game. It is a full-blown event,
Yeah, like it or lump it, Daytona is NASCAR's ''Super Bowl''. And if you think the hype is bad outside of FL, it's worse here.
That said, it's hard to compare female pro drivers to other sports, because it's a skill and endurance test not unlike shooting sports.
The machine is what 'does the work' not so much the physical ability of the competitor.

Blogger vandelay February 24, 2013 9:55 AM  

Isn't it amazing how nobody ever mentions the other two Battle of the Sexes matches, which the men won decisively? Or that when Riggs lost he was a 55 year old man playing against a woman who was 26 years younger and that era's equivalent of Serena Williams in her prime?

Anonymous Raggededge February 24, 2013 10:27 AM  

The only reason why she won't kill anyone is because NASCAR has made these cars so safe. Look at yesterday's crash, Kyle Larson's car gets cut in half and he walks away.

Since Danica is starting up front, NASCAR has taken Jeff Gordon to the side and told him, wouldn't it be great for the sport if Danica could lead a lap at the 500? So Gordon will let her lead a lap and then punt her to the back. With 20 laps to go, she'll cause the big one and tear up several million dollars worth of cars.

Anonymous LeeS February 24, 2013 10:31 AM  

After surviving open wheel racing, Danica isn't likely to get hurt in Nascar. She's there to bring in money and sponsors, which makes everyone richer. I feel most professional racing is rigged to bring in maximum viewers and hence, revenue. It's an entertainment business now, not a sport. Nascar probably gave Danica an oversize carb restrictor plate or equiv for qualifying so she could get the pole. The other guys are probably mostly on board with it because ultimately it's more sponsor money in their pockets too. It's extremely unlikely she will win a race.
In the 100year plus history of motorsport, there have only been a handful of female drivers and none have ever been champions.
The Lemans 24 hour race has been rigged in favor of diesel engine race cars for a decade or so. Audi and Peugeot want to promote their diesel production car technology.
In Formula One, the rules are very cleverly formulated so it has become more a game of chance than a game of skill. They believe the fans don't want to see the most talented guy win every weekend.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein February 24, 2013 10:38 AM  

1949 is calling.

Ethel Flock Mobley would kick Danica's butt.

Anonymous Zartan February 24, 2013 10:44 AM  

Danica is a competent distraction, she will never be a top CUP series competitor based on her past performance(s). Good enough to avoid destroying all the cars around her so sadly she will be held up and used as fuel for WOYMNZ CAN DOO ALL TEH THINGZ.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein February 24, 2013 10:46 AM  

Nascar probably gave Danica an oversize carb restrictor plate or equiv for qualifying so she could get the pole. The other guys are probably mostly on board with it because ultimately it's more sponsor money in their pockets too. It's extremely unlikely she will win a race. 

My thoughts, precisely.

There is a precedent for setting her up to win the race, too. Remember Junior winning the July 2001 Daytoma race?

Anonymous VryeDenker February 24, 2013 10:56 AM  

Hey, I've witnessed my wife winning the odd impromptu drag race against a dude in a slightly faster car. What does that prove? Nothing. But it's fun to watch.

Anonymous Anonymous February 24, 2013 11:38 AM  

She's attractive. The End.

Anonymous JI February 24, 2013 12:02 PM  

This is neither a case of evil eating at our foundations, nor is it a glorious triumph for feminists. Remember Shirley Muldowney, the champion drag racer? Auto racing is something that does not require tremendous physical strength, so women can compete with men. Not as relatively many women have the stamina, reflexes, judgement or desire, as there are relatively many men who possess those attributes at a high level. I view Danika Patrick simply as another very talented competitor.

Blogger papabear February 24, 2013 12:11 PM  

All the FB cheerleading for her and the two women in the UFC yesterday has been nauseating...

Anonymous Brian February 24, 2013 12:45 PM  

Nascar probably gave Danica an oversize carb restrictor plate or equiv for qualifying so she could get the pole.

Yep. No doubt she got a bigger plate than anyone else for qualifying. However, that bigger plate will not help her in pack racing. My guess is her team will order her to drop to the back and ride around so she doesn't wreck herself or others, wait until the other drivers wreck each other out of the race, then clean up somewhere around 17th. The media will fall all over her, of course, but any racing fan will know that that particular strategy is for those who either don't have the car or talent to race for the lead.

Anonymous The other skeptic February 24, 2013 12:49 PM  

The media will fall all over her, of course, but any racing fan will know that that particular strategy is for those who either don't have the car or talent to race for the lead.

Well, yes, but motor sports are boring for women and fudge packers, so I suspect that to pull in more spectators, which is why more sponsors would be interested, I suspect she will have to place in the top ten or even the top five.

Anonymous The other skeptic February 24, 2013 12:51 PM  

And next year, no doubt, we will be treated to the spectacle of a top NASCAR driver coming out.

Anonymous LeeS February 24, 2013 1:06 PM  

There is no physical reason that women can't drive race cars. You may not be aware, but most race cars today have power steering of one kind or another. In the old days it took great strength to survive a long race on a dirt track, but by the mid 1960s power steering is what allowed relatively small guys like Mario Andretti to beat bigger, stronger guys on dirt ovals. For many years now a smaller driver has actually been an advantage in terms of race car design, ballast can be placed at the floor level, aerodynamically the cockpits can be smaller, etc.
I think the issue is men and women are different. Men enjoy taking risks with their lives. Most women wouldn't dream of doing that. Simply put, imagine a man and woman driving race cars down a long straight, flat out, foot to the floor, a corner is coming up, who do you think will back off first?

Anonymous Stickwick February 24, 2013 1:08 PM  

Remember Shirley Muldowney, the champion drag racer? Auto racing is something that does not require tremendous physical strength, so women can compete with men.

Drag racing isn't at all the same thing as a race like the Daytona 500. It's one thing to open the throttle all by yourself on a relatively short straightaway, quite another to drive 500 miles in a circular track with several other cars. Physical strength isn't the only advantage men have over women, competitively.

Blogger mmaier2112 February 24, 2013 1:23 PM  

Stickwick: you sexist.

Reflexes NEVER come into play driving over 100 MPH.

DUH!

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein February 24, 2013 1:23 PM  

Did the starter really just say : "Drivers.....and Danica...START YOUR ENGINES!"?

Heh!

Anonymous Manuel February 24, 2013 2:01 PM  

Why is everyone always bringing up the Billy Jean King match? Wasn't the guy she played like 60 years old? And didn't they play with girl rules where you only have to win 2 sets to win a match?
Oh yeah you're equal now.

Blogger ray February 24, 2013 2:14 PM  

"Patrick has become a symbol of success for little girls, a high-speed, high-profile example of all that is possible in life."


the aim of the feminist West is to create little girls who are "high-speed" and "high-profile"


if america were merely psychotic, it might be healed

but as that (very popular!) statement indicates, america is beyond psychotic, she LIKES what she's doing, and under no circumstances will she suffer to be healed


"And it should be kept in mind that as a leading symbol of equalitarianism, Danica Patrick has become a totem for the evil that is infesting Western civilization"

well put

it seems an overly harsh evaluation, but only b/c westerners are used to hearing, and enjoying, lies

even this woman's name is a kind of gender-reversal insult -- composed of two male names, dan and patrick

dan was the ancient hebrew tribe who was always in rebellion against the LORD -- always conducting goddess-worship ceremonies and rites, always persecuting God's prophets, always pushing the gender-equality and whoredom schemes of jezebel and the punk-boy that aided her

thus her name perfectly fits both herself, and her rebel, woman-worshipping nation

Anonymous realmatt February 24, 2013 3:51 PM  

Why is everyone always bringing up the Billy Jean King match? Wasn't the guy she played like 60 years old? And didn't they play with girl rules where you only have to win 2 sets to win a match?
Oh yeah you're equal now.


Well in defense of King, and assuming he didn't throw the match, Riggs did play another young female tennis pro and defeated her, so it couldn't have been only youth on her side, ASSUMING THE MATCH WAS NOT THROWN.

Of course it is a ridiculous match and no top rated female tennis pro could ever beat the top male tennis pro of the same age and health.

Anonymous women ruin everything February 24, 2013 4:04 PM  

NASCAR:

Go straight. Turn left. Turn left some more. Go straight. Turn left. Turn left some more.
500 miles of sheer *BORDOM*.

Perfect for a women.

Anonymous RJ February 24, 2013 4:53 PM  

Jimmy Johnson wins the race and the first person they interview is Danica Patrick....gg Fox Sports.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 24, 2013 4:57 PM  

Good luck to D.

Given this is not libertarianism but what if America incrementally limited women's credit card purchases, then took their drivers licenses by making it too costly for them to drive and finally taking their vote away - of course this is pure rubbish, it will never happen or could it?

What could the economic impact be? Consider the upside along with the negative outcomes; men would have some kind of work driving women around, some women might like a personal driver, some women more dominant personalities would have to adjust their attitudes in order to wait for a ride, less wrecks caused by women, less liabilities, stronger families as women would be at home more often, etc.

Blogger papabear February 24, 2013 4:59 PM  

So does 8th place for her mean anything?

Anonymous The other skeptic February 24, 2013 5:16 PM  

Daytona, 2014: Jimmy Johnson cruises to third Daytona 500 win on day while fudge packer becomes the first fudge packer to lead

Someone must have been payed to let her come in at 8th.

Anonymous Salt February 24, 2013 7:11 PM  

Danica did alright.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein February 24, 2013 8:11 PM  

Yep, she did good. Ran in the top 10 all day, kept her nose clean and finished 8th. Got schooled a bit on the last lap by Junior and the others...but that's what you expect from a rookie. All in all, a solid showing....and it appeared that Mascara ran a fair race.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein February 24, 2013 8:16 PM  

Mascara .... NASCAR


*racks brain trying to remember how to disable autocorrect on a 'Droid*

Anonymous Anonymous February 24, 2013 8:20 PM  

Greencarman here...

"Danica Patrick has become a totem for the evil that is infesting Western civilization and eating away at its foundations."

And the Academy Award for most asinine comment this year goes to...VD. So much for the libertarian view of each person having the right to live their life in any way they choose so long as they respects the equal rights of others. Her services are in demand by sponsors. Free market, right, VD?

Anonymous paradox February 24, 2013 9:17 PM  

The other skeptic February 24, 2013 12:51 PM
And next year, no doubt, we will be treated to the spectacle of a top NASCAR driver coming out.



So you put a crack in my arm like the crack in the Liberty Bell!

Anonymous Steve Canyon February 24, 2013 9:58 PM  

She was doing alright until the traffic showed up at the end. I've watched her at Indy, I've watched her in NASCAR. For all the "talent" people claim she has, she absolutely cannot drive in a pack in either series. When they were lined up straight before lap 198, she had no problems. When the inevitable rush to the finish happened, she faded back like she did at every other point in the race when she found herself in traffic.

The real story wasn't Patrick getting 8th in top-tier equipment, it was Michael McDowell finishing 9th in a car and for a team that's operating on a shoestring. If anyone, he was the guy who needed the hype, for he actually accomplished something. Not that over-hyped super-model wanna-be.

Blogger papabear February 24, 2013 10:17 PM  

Steve Canyon: I don't follow car racing - do you think she would have ended up at 8th if she hadn't been driving pole position?

Anonymous bob k. mando February 25, 2013 12:02 AM  

RJ February 24, 2013 4:53 PM
Jimmy Johnson wins the race and the first person they interview is Danica Patrick....gg Fox Sports.



dude, they NEVER interview the winner first.

after the checker the field lines up in prep for tech inspection ( typically in the pit lane ) and 2nd-10th and other notable drivers ( on track altercations or hard luck guys are often sought out ) are interviewed as they climb out of the car.

1st is NOT interviewed at this time because they're waiting for him to climb out of the car ... which he will NOT do until he's in victory circle.

post race interviews typically proceed in this order:
top finishers and notables
winner
drivers checking out of the infield care center in the case of a last lap crash.


Patrick demonstrated several Hultgreen-Curie attempts LAST season, knowledgeable fans were already aware of this.

Patrick has finally demonstrated some advancement in her skills, this is the first year i've noticed her actually not being afraid to bump draft somebody. but she still has serious issues with traffic, consider her post race comment about still not having any idea of how to make a move for the front at the end of plate race:
http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/featured-shows/2013/2/24/sprint-cup-series-daytona-press-pass-danica-patrick.html

i also noticed that nobody in the Nationwide race wanted to run with her. the thing with the new Cup cars is that it's thinned out the pack a WHOLE bunch. this kept things calm enough that she could hang onto the front of the pack. i think if she had fallen back that she would never have gotten back to the front.


compare that to a driver with actual talent, Krashawallski. i don't like him, i think he's an on track douche, but you can't deny that he can make a race car do what he wants AND that he understands traffic.

you want to know how long it took Krash to figure out plate racing? his FIRST time at Talladega in a Cup car, his FIRST race in a Cup car at a plate track and his 3rd Cup start overall ... he wins. he almost put Edwards in the grandstands, *shrugs* but you'll have that.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Keselowski#NASCAR_Sprint_Cup_Series_results

a racer WITH talent is going to find a way to at least run well come hell or high water. you've seen that with Kurt Busch at 3rd tier teams.

a wheel holder with hype will just fail harder as the hype machine amps up volume. does anybody really think Joey Logano is the greatest thing since 'Sliced Bread'?

the statement about Danica being too safe in a Cup car to H-C has merit. it's not an accident that she was bailing on Indy Car. i think she had already seen the writing on the wall before Wheldon ate that fence.

Blogger Tank February 25, 2013 8:25 AM  

There is no joy in Dreadville, Ms. Patrick did not crash and burn.

49 comments. There would be 149 if she had major failed. Instead, she finished, and finished respectably. She ran a good, if not spectacular, race. Finished. Finished ahead of lots of the boys.

I agree with VD in general about girls in sports, business, as mothers, etc, but some here were way too invested in her crashing out and failing. Be honest with yourself men, how many of you watched, or monitored, the race, just hoping she would crash, cause a crash, or finish last?

Weird. Auto racing is exactly the kind of "sport" where the exceptional girl might compete well, if not win, against the boys, because the maching equals out most of the physical advantages.

For some reason it just kills some here that she's actually pretty good at this and able to compete. Bonus points for not looking like shit.

Anonymous Anonymous February 25, 2013 11:10 AM  

I almost got into it with my father over Danica's finish.
Dad having been involved with dirt-track racing for about 30 years long ago he has pretty strong opinions on what constitutes 'racin'.

He commented many times that Danica should have finished better but didn't becasue no one was letting her draft and slingshot when she could have and other 'team mate' type strategies.

I calmly said "So...where's her team mate?....oh that's right, didn't he crash? Why would any other racer out there do anything to help her win?"

He was kind of quiet after that.

__JoeyWheels__

Anonymous bob k. mando February 25, 2013 12:27 PM  

Tank February 25, 2013 8:25 AM
Auto racing is exactly the kind of "sport" where the exceptional girl might compete well, if not win, against the boys, because the maching equals out most of the physical advantages.




true. in fact, if you believe all the crap we've been told about how women have faster reflexes than men, are more intelligent than men, tolerate g loading better than men and handle heat soaking better than men ... they SHOULD be cleaning our clocks in circuit racing as well as being fighter pilots.

and yet it doesn't happen. must be male privilege.

women do better ( relatively speaking ) in drag racing. my opinion is that smaller body size ( better accell, less drag on a motorcycle ) and the incredibly short amount of time that it's necessary to pay attention ( <15 seconds ) allow women to succeed without having to be able to maintain long term concentration.

Dario Franchitti couldn't succeed in NASCAR and i called that as soon as i heard he was going NASCAR. why did i say that? because Dario has difficulty concentrating for the length of an Indy Car race. stock cars require MORE precision for LONGER races than Indy Car.



Tank February 25, 2013 8:25 AM
For some reason it just kills some here that she's actually pretty good at this and able to compete. Bonus points for not looking like shit.


that's the problem. she's NOT 'actually pretty good'. she just manages not to pile the car into the wall every other lap. she's better than Janet Guthrie ... and that isn't anything but damning her with faint praise. Guthrie sucked.

finishing in the top 20 is pretty easy when you've got a top tier car ( there are at least 3 major stratifications in NASCAR ) AND you're afraid to run close to anybody else. all that means is that she's staying on the lead lap and not wrecking out.

Danica had a team mate in Nationwide last year at Junior Motorsports. compare their records.

Cole Whitt ( you never heard of him, right? i wonder why this is? ):
was a true rookie
finished ahead of the Danica in the points ( 7th vs 10th )
had a best finish of 4th ( 3 times ) vs Danica's best of 8th ( once )
had 4 top fives and 14 top tens vs Danica's 0 top fives and 4 top tens.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_NASCAR_Nationwide_Series#Races

want to guess which driver does NOT have a ride this year?

THAT'S what pisses us the fuck off. Cole Whitt isn't the greatest thing since sliced cheese whiz but he IS a better driver than Duh-anica Patrick.

Duh-anica gets rewarded with a Cup ride for failing hard while Cole ( who i guarantee you was NOT getting the resources that Patrick was at JR Motorsports ) is ride begging.

you want to explain to me why i'm supposed to respect her 'accomplishments' again?



Vox's problem is that he's trying to make a joke about a subject ( racing ) which he doesn't really understand. this hampers his ability to extrapolate.

my opinion is this:
*Danica is with a first tier team ... but will grossly under-perform her team mates
*she MAY qualify to a couple of more poles but she will NOT win a race unless it's at a race where the field stays pretty strung out and doesn't get jumbled
*she's probably going to wreck hard several times, this happens often on the few occasions when she tries to get aggressive in traffic
*she's unlikely to suffer serious injury due to safety measures ( soft walls, head restraints, Gen 5/6 cars ) implemented since Dale Sr. a couple of years back at Pocono, Elliot Sadler took a hit and zinged the g-meter to a momentary +100 reading ... and walked away. it's awfully hard to kill driver nowadays without fire. and there aren't very many fires that place the driver in danger.
*Ricky Stenhouse beats her for rookie of the year
*Danica will finish outside the top 20 in points

Anonymous Brian February 25, 2013 12:49 PM  

Danica admitted in her post-race interview that she had no idea how she was going to get past the two cars in front of her. So, she drove around for 500 miles and still hadn't figured out what to do? Doesn't she drive racecars for a living? Shouldn't she have some idea of how to get around somebody after almost a decade of professional racing experience? Johnson and Earnhardt managed to pass people, in an un-drivable groove, no less. What we learned about Danica is that she can keep pace with the rest of pack, which isn't easy, but she either cannot or will not pass anybody when the time comes. If she was a man, she'd be fired already for not having the balls to take a chance.

Anonymous bob k. mando February 25, 2013 3:52 PM  

just watched the dvr'd race.

the reason why Jr got a freight train in the bottom lane is because Biffle was trying to back up from Johnson and Johnson was trying to back up to Biffle.

key is that in spite of 1st and 2nd both intentionally slowing down, Danica REFUSED to close on Biffle's bumper. BECAUSE Danica refused to bump draft Biff, Greg was never in a position to make his run on Jimmy. this screwed Biffle over big time for the checker as the only thing he had for drafting 'help' was Duh-anica. and she reverted to her old ways and refused to bump.

worse, she LIED in the post race interview and said that she had the throttle on the floor and thought she was pulling away from Junior.

she did NOT have the car floored. the question is whether or not she's actually aware of what she was doing. it is clear that she's completely incompetent in the draft, this brings back memories of her walling Hornish at the checker last year because she didn't understand what was happening.

i will note that it looks like NASCAR has succeeded in breaking the bump draft with the Cup cars. and it's to the detriment of superspeedway racing.

Blogger papabear February 25, 2013 7:37 PM  

bob k. mando, thanks for the explanation, even if it won't help the blindness of her defenders who don't know a thing about the sport and talk about her "excellence."

Anonymous Steve Canyon February 25, 2013 11:35 PM  

I don't think that was so much a lie as it was the female rationalization hamster at work in motorsports. I honestly think she thought she had the throttle on the floor in much the same way I'd honestly think a woman genuinely believes her own reality is congruent with everyone else's. Regardless, her performance on those last 3 laps, a performance which was foreshadowed in Duel #1 when she "played it safe" and wound up in the back of the pack the minute she had to drive in traffic, was hardly surprising to the seasoned NASCAR fan.

I don't see her being remotely competitive at anything other than a 1-mile oval, such as Phoenix. Phoenix is a track that seems to create the sort of single-file train racing. The short tracks are more of a slug-fest of the sort that someone with her petulant temper-tantruming isn't going to be able to excel at. The 2 road courses, she never was suited for that in IRL either. Superspeedways, QED at Daytona.

I do concur with the wrecking and wrecking hard part. A lot of the seasoned NASCAR guys were having some issues with the aerodynamics of the Gen-6 cars, and those guys will get better with time. She'll survive the wreck, and it'll be fun to see what line of BS she comes up with to deflect criticism from herself and try to pin it on something else. It'll be even more fun to see how the guy(s) she takes out respond to it on camera. PC police will be out in force for that one, for sure.

And I respectfully disagree that, if she were a man she'd be fired for not having the balls to take a chance. If she were a man, she'd wouldn't even have wound up like Cole Whitt or Sam Hornish, or Dario Franchitti, or a lot of other drivers with a lot more talent than her. A man with her skills wouldn't even have gotten a chance in the first place. The mere fact that she's attractive enough to sell anti-freeze and web-hosting services, does a couple bikini shoots was enough to attract all of those classic Roissy egalitarian "Herbs" to watch NASCAR despite the fact they have absolutely no idea what's going on was enough to get her the seat on a tier-1 team.

If you want an F-1 ride, you have to bring at least $2 million to the table, minimum, for a cut-rate team's seat. You either show up with your own money, or have the connections (or in her case, looks and the hopes of millions of hairy-legged panzer-frau's) to get someone to sponsor it for you. That's the nature of the beast, and it's not just limited to NASCAR.

That pretty much sums up the main beef that I have with her. ESPN spends an inordinate amount of time on a 3rd rate driver who lacks the talent to be there, all the while proclaiming she's the Great Pink Hope, despite all the evidence pointing to the contrary. Fox did their fair share of cheerleading for her too. They could have interviewed Mike McDowell, the 9th place guy, right after the race instead of right before the telecast ended and it would have been a far more worthwhile story, but instead we wound up with the droppings of a rationalization hamster at full-throttle without the benefit of a restrictor plate.

Anonymous bob k. mando February 26, 2013 9:19 PM  

Steve Canyon February 25, 2013 11:35 PM
I don't think that was so much a lie as it was the female rationalization hamster at work in motorsports.



which means she was lying. whether through intent, stupidity or hamsterization is irrelevant. her answers don't correlate to reality.


Steve Canyon February 25, 2013 11:35 PM
That's the nature of the beast, and it's not just limited to NASCAR.



i understand that. Paul Menard is a ride buyer. after 10 years, he's close to being a mediocre driver.

the difference between your standard ride buyer ( whether its Milka Duno or Jeffrey Earnhardt ) and Danica Patrick is that i don't get hundreds of hours of broadcast time every season devoted to telling me that they're a 'great driver' and, damnit, they belong.

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