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(NASCAR)   Danica Patrick cements her reputation as the Anna Kournikova of NASCAR by... actually, she's the first female driver to end the year in the Top Ten   (nationwide.nascar.com) divider line 11
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2012-11-18 11:11:29 PM
4 votes:
10th sounds pretty respectable...until you realize only 13 drivers ran the whole season.
2012-11-19 06:02:47 PM
1 votes:
The reason that some people (normal people and other drivers) don't like her has nothing to do with her gender. It has to do with the attention she gets. She's Tebow without the wins. Let's say you're Austin Dillon. Who, you might ask, as I didn't know who he was until I looked him up. He had 2 wins, 16 top 5's and 27 top 10 finishes. Anyone not familiar with the NW series would have no clue who he is. If you watched ESPN and you didn't catch one of his two wins the mention of him would have been at best passing, whereas she didn't even finish the said race and got a full segment.

She had more points than a whopping three other drivers that started all 33 races. That puts her around the bottom third of people who raced full time in the series. Why would that make other racers want to put her into the wall? Beating her by three laps draws no mention, putting her into the wall guarantees you'll get mentioned on SportsCenter.

She wants to have it both ways. She wants to be known as a great driver who also models. However she is better at modelling, despite her lack of a chest.

Is it sexist? Absolutely. If her name was Dan Patrick she wouldn't even get mentioned at all in the press. Oddly enough, people that are better than her think they should get more recognition than the "model who drives".
2012-11-19 01:21:42 PM
1 votes:

Ed_Severson: Wow, is that wrong


You could say that about every post from steamingpile in this thread
2012-11-19 12:02:29 PM
1 votes:
Heh... Danica threads always bring out people who know two things about racing: jack & shiat.

Awesome correction up thread Ed. I'm still bitter about the 08 season cause I lost a Champ car race.
2012-11-19 11:00:10 AM
1 votes:

steamingpile: Oh yeah, people have selective amnesia about her win and ignore it was cancelled at first due to water seepage from an earthquake, drivers didn't want to race on the damages track, it was only half a field of cars, only 14 of those finished the race, she only won when two cars ran out of gas, and it was talked of being an exhibition only race before she won. The only reason it was changed was because George wanted the PR boost of having the only female driver to win an open wheel race.


Wow, is that wrong.

First of all, the race was never cancelled. It was postponed for one day because of rain. There was no earthquake damage and nobody there had any apprehension about running the race. This race was in 2008; the damage at Motegi from the tsunami and earthquake in 2011 forced the 2011 race to be moved from the oval to the road course.

The field there was not any different than any previous IndyCar race on an oval. It was the last oval race that took place without the former Champ Car teams, which would have made no diffence because those teams were largely uncompetitive on ovals during the entire merger season of 2008. She still had to beat Ganassi, Penske, and her Andretti teammates.

No one ran out of fuel. Helio Castroneves backed off near the end of the race to avoid a splash and go, so Danica passed him for the lead and hung on to win. She and Helio had made their last stops at the same time -- she beat him straight up.

There was never any consideration given to making that race an exhibition race. It was a full points race, just as the Grand Prix of Long Beach held later that same weekend was. Only two ideas were considered -- the first proposal considered was to allow drivers and teams, if they chose, to participate in both events and receive points for only one or the other, but ultimately that idea was scrapped because of logistics impracticalities. The second idea was to move the Motegi race to a later date on the calendar to avoid the conflict with Long Beach, but that was also scrapped because the contracts were already in place and a suitable replacement date couldn't be found.

So, again, you've said literally nothing correct. Complain about "selective amnesia" all you want. Some of us actually work in this sport for a living and know what the hell we're talking about.
2012-11-19 12:04:50 AM
1 votes:
she was 1 of 13 racers to start all 33 races.
2012-11-18 11:47:58 PM
1 votes:
would rather see pics of the newly single Danica McKellar.
2012-11-18 11:12:03 PM
1 votes:

Timmy the Tumor: How the f$ck does that happen when you never win a race and wreck out half of your races?


She races in the 2nd tier NASCAR Nationwide series. It's full of up and comers trying to prove themselves for a few races, a handful of has-beens, never-weres, and guys from the top series interloping just for the sake of racing. Having a full time ride essentially guarantees a top 20 finish in that series.
2012-11-18 08:54:43 PM
1 votes:

dletter: Actually Kournikova was actually 8th in the world at one point. So, making that comparison with her doesn't hold much water.

Also, isn't the Nationwide Series like the "AAA" of NASCAR? I don't know if there is a comparable tour in Women's Tennis, but, that actually makes Patrick less comparable to Kournikova.

But, Kournikova never won a tournament, and at least Patrick has won an Indy Car race.


Kournikova was also ranked #1 in doubles and won multiple titles, including two Austrailian Opens.
2012-11-18 08:49:36 PM
1 votes:
Actually Kournikova was actually 8th in the world at one point. So, making that comparison with her doesn't hold much water.

Also, isn't the Nationwide Series like the "AAA" of NASCAR? I don't know if there is a comparable tour in Women's Tennis, but, that actually makes Patrick less comparable to Kournikova.

But, Kournikova never won a tournament, and at least Patrick has won an Indy Car race.
2012-11-18 05:48:45 PM
1 votes:
Thread useless without pictures
 
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