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Danica’s INDYCAR career leaves childhood dream unfulfilled

by
Paul Dalbey
| Oct 13, 2011

When the checkered flag falls at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend and puts a wrap on the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, it will also mark the end of an era for INDYCAR that has seen more than its share of ups and downs.  When the 300 miles are complete on Sunday, so too will be the full-time INDYCAR career of Danica Patrick.  Sadly, what started with a bang in 2005 is going out with more of a whimper in 2011.

When she burst onto the scene in 2005, Patrick had all the looks of a star-to-be.  Her Rahal-Letterman Racing team was on top of their game having arrived at Indianapolis in May of that year as the defending 500 champions, and Danica had already begun to penetrate beyond the racing world and into mainstream media markets.  When her fourth-place finish began to overshadow the run of 500 champion Dan Wheldon, though, people immediately wondered why she was so deserving of all the hype.  More importantly, other media outlets began to ask the reactionary question, “When will Danica try her hand at NASCAR?”

While Danica’s popularity continued to soar outside of the IZOD IndyCar Series, those who followed the Series closely soon began to see a very different side of Danica.  Following physical altercations with drivers at California in 2005 and Milwaukee in 2006, in addition to her well-publicized stomp down pit road at Michigan in 2006, many fans began to wonder if Danica was indeed the role model that they had hoped she would be.  Frustrations and questions were only further expounded by her continued lack of consistently contending for race victories.  More and more, Danica Patrick appeared to become less about INDYCAR racing and more about Danica Patrick.  Even her victory at Motegi in 2008 did little to quell her critics, and though the “Anna Kournikova of racing” label was dropped, the feeling among many that she was more interested in exploiting her sex appeal than her racing talents was not.

When Patrick made her stock car debut at Daytona in 2010, most realized that it was no longer a matter of if but only when Danica would make the move to NASCAR full-time.  After enduring an entire season of will-she-or-won’t-she in 2009 (in which she ironically finished a career-best fifth in the season points standings), many people grew tired of having so much attention and devotion heaped upon a driver that had only claimed a single victory over the course of five seasons (one that many to this day discount as a fuel-mileage victory).  By the time the same antics played out in 2011, most in the INDYCAR Nation just wanted the make-believe saga to be over with so that everyone, particularly the tangent mainstream media, would move on and discuss more pressing matters.  In many INDYCAR circles, the news of Danica’s departure was greeting with relief rather than frustration or sadness.

The truly sad part of the Danica Patrick INDYCAR story is that she could have been a really good driver in this Series if she had stayed her course from pre-Indy 2005.  She may never have become a truly great driver, but she could have been a very good one who competed for several wins every year.  There is little doubt that Danica has the skills to succeed in INDYCAR if put in the right position and truly devoting herself to her craft.  Unfortunately, once Danica realized that she had become bigger than the Series itself, she lost her long-term focus and has been treading water now for several years.  For the past two seasons, she has done an admirable job of juggling her INDYCAR and NASCAR schedules, but it has become painfully obvious that the fire just hasn’t been there for the open-wheel series.  The parallels to Sam Hornish Jr.’s 2007 season are really uncanny.  He was accused of having checked out for most of that year, and his disappointing results were used as either justification for or an indication of his desire to seek greener pastures.  The Danica Patrick of 2010 and 2011 has been eerily similar.

There should also be no mistake that IZOD IndyCar Series owes Danica Patrick a large debt of gratitude for all she has done for this Series.  Through some of its darkest days, Patrick was one of the few pieces of the INDYCAR puzzle that was recognized outside the paddock.  Her presence, while becoming somewhat of a lightning rod within the INDYCAR Nation, brought thousands and thousands of new fans into the Series and injected life into a sport that was still reeling from more than a decade of tearing itself apart.  Had Danica Patrick not been around in those years to be the public face of INDYCAR, it’s very difficult to imagine who would have stepped up and brought any attention to the sport.  Danica did her best to execute these duties as well as her driving duties in the best possible manner, and though some fans mistook her at-track focus as a sign of disconnection from the fans, not many people truly realized the weight that she was bearing on a race-to-race basis.  With hundreds of fans mobbing her with every move, it’s little wonder that she sometimes needed a bit of time to herself and for her team.

When Danica looks back on her INDYCAR career in 15 years, I fear that she will see it as being largely incomplete.  From the time Danica first began to race go-karts, her dream was to win the Indianapolis 500 -- not just to race at Indianapolis or to be competitive there (and certainly not to drive a stock car around there!).  She has had some terrific runs at the 500, and she definitely has the skill set needed to win it someday.  However, it will never happen as a one-off NASCAR driver.  Unless Danica’s Sprint Cup career is a complete disaster and she quickly returns to INDYCAR racing full-time as Dario Franchitti did, her childhood dream is now destined to go unfulfilled.  Can the riches of NASCAR make her feel better about that?  Only she can answer that question.  Whatever it is that she seeks now, one can only hope that she doesn’t look back and regret her decision to lose focus on her INDYCAR career and ultimately walk away from it.  Time will tell.

Paul Dalbey (@Fieldof33) is co-editor of MoreFrontWing.com (@MoreFrontWing), your source online for blogs, photos, podcasts and more covering the IZOD IndyCar Series and beyond.  Paul can be reached at paul@morefrontwing.com.

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  6. 6 Joeie 24 Oct
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  7. 7 Paul 19 Oct
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    Yeah that's what happened. You got me. I'm sorry. I pledge alligiance to Danica.
  8. 8 PhilipJames 17 Oct

    Paul...   maybe she thought you were a jerk. Maybe she didn't like you because of you and therefore didn't kiss your buttocks the way you expected. Maybe she treated you like dog crap. Who cares?

    What was the point of writing the article in the first place? If you did not like her, why not just forget about her? She is leaving, you could ignore her and write about all the boys you like and love that remain in Indycar. The only reason you wrote this smear article about Danica is because you are a petulant, sissy boy who is acting like someone who has a problem with a person, waits until they have left the room, and then spreads lies and rumours about that person....   something like a jealous teenage girl upset with another girl who has just stolen her boyfriend.

    To be so classless that you would wait until she was leaving to post a smear article about her on the official Indycar site shows me that you are less than a low life... you are a classless chickenshit who did not have the guts to do your little bitch session until she left. You must have balls the size of peas. Are you really a man? If this is how you felt about Danica, how come you didn't have the guts to say it sometime earlier.... say, in the last 5 years? Why didn't you write this article last year? Chickenshit jerk off. That is you Paul.

    There....  I have had my say. I will not return to Indycar site again. If Paul is an indication of the scumballs infesting Indycar, then who would want to have anything to do with it.

    Horray for NASCAR and it will be a heck of a lot of fun watching Danica later this year and next year. Racing in a series with less rats running around in it. "Rats.... rats with balls this small"

  9. 9 Paul 17 Oct
    A sad day for racing to be sure. What happened yesterday is separate from this subject. Dan Wheldon was a great driver and a great person. He will be missed by fans and competitors alike. I am sorry if I offended the Danica fans. If you actually ever spoke to her, you might feel differently. There are many more drivers in the IRL more deserving of your loyalty.
  10. 10 Gary Wood 17 Oct
    I agree that Danica did a lot to improve IRL, now Izod Indycars fan base, & brought more sponsors on board Tony George on the other hand almost destroyed it. My friend & I have been going to the INDY 500 for 25 years in a row. We hated what happened when IRL took over from CART. However it did become easier to upgrade our seats afterward, do to many ticket holders not going anymore! When Danica took the lead in the 2005 race, if I could have got out of the stands & pushed her to a win, I would have! She almost got the pole & but for 2-3 gallons of fuel could have won  the race. I hope she does well in NASCAR & races in the 2012 INDY 500 for that childhood dream! Critics stop being jealous.
  11. 11 Sid 16 Oct
    Any race car driver deserves respect for what they do.  A day like today should show you that, have some respect for anyone with the ability to drive these cars.  Your belittling of a driver shows how little character you have
  12. 12 Joe Kendrick 16 Oct
    Who the hell cares about her.  Dan lived a life of real racing.  Good bye Danile.
  13. 13 jerry666 16 Oct
    you all wish ou had 1/5th of Danicas driving skill . Wish she would stay with the series
  14. 14 PhilipJames 16 Oct
    Well, as always, a rat name Paul decides, on a day like to today, to act like a classless, low life sewer dweller and takes a dirty shot at Danica. Paul, please stick your head back up between your buttocks where it belongs because when you pulled it out briefly to comment, the hit of oxygen destroyed almost all of your remaining brain cells. From your spectacular viewpoint, dark and skanky, you can see your version of Indycar.
  15. 15 jerry6 16 Oct
    This is a joke , Danica is a very good driver , there are many drivers out there that can only drean of driving as well . She has done very well better than 99.999% of the critics out there .To bad she is leaving , i'm sure if she stuck around she could win some more . God luck Danica don't let the pot bellied critics get to you
  16. 16 jerry6 16 Oct
    This is a joke , Danica is a very good driver , there are many drivers out there that can only drean of driving as well . She has done very well better than 99.999% of the critics out there .To bad she is leaving , i'm sure if she stuck around she could win some more . God luck Danica don't let the pot bellied critics get to you
  17. 17 Paul 16 Oct
    Good riddance. If you were ever around her in the pits, you would completely understand exactly why Indycar didn't and should not have embraced her. She is a moody brat and not at all in the same league with the other elite athletes in this sport. I will grant you that she is a decent driver. But she was all about marketing herself... Not about the sport itself. Good bye Danica!
  18. 18 Richard 16 Oct

    Once again Indy has let their sport down! They should have embraced her. She has been the face of Indy and the jealous idiots running the sport keep driving the sport into extension. I became a fan because of Danica... Like everyone else I will still watch the Indy 500 but that's it... Now on to NASCAR! 

  19. 19 PJ 16 Oct

    This article is unfriggin' believable.  What a crock of crap.  You DO realize that Danica will be starting in the 9th position in the Vegas race right?  She is starting far ahead of your precious 17th & 18th position "princesses" Will & Dario. For a driver that "sucks" as much as all you haters say- that's pretty dang good from my point of view. 

    I am SOOOOOOOO sick of everybody slammin' Danica.  What it all boils down to is men are jealous of her talent, her career.  That's the dirty little secret nobody wants to spill.  The male racers act like prima-donnas and spoiled brats all the time.  They don't win every race they run.  They crash out & throw temper tantrums too.  But, that's all ok.  Cuz they are guys.  What horse- pucky. The truth is Danica has more cajones than ANY "sports writer" out there and probably more than half the field she races.  

    I too, cannot believe that this "article" was posted on the INDYCAR site.  This is the kind of trash talk that bloggers for Yahoo post.  My membership to Indy carnation is officially being flushed down the toilet. If they are going to allow this type of abuse to one of the top drivers to occur, I certainly will never give them a single red cent of my money again.  Have fun Indy car.  It was nice knowing ya, you numbnuts. 

    I can't wait for Danica to go to Nascar & whoop some butt.  Then I shall sit back & cheer as I watch all the sponsor dollars follow her to Nascar & all you haters will be left watching nothing on Sunday afternoons.  

    Well, maybe you can catch some infomercials for "male enhancement products"   LOL

  20. 20 PJ 16 Oct

    This article is unfriggin' believable.  What a crock of crap.  You DO realize that Danica will be starting in the 9th position in the Vegas race right?  She is starting far ahead of your precious 17th & 18th position "princesses" Will & Dario. For a driver that "sucks" as much as all you haters say- that's pretty dang good from my point of view. 

    I am SOOOOOOOO sick of everybody slammin' Danica.  What it all boils down to is men are jealous of her talent, her career.  That's the dirty little secret nobody wants to spill.  The male racers act like prima-donnas and spoiled brats all the time.  They don't win every race they run.  They crash out & throw temper tantrums too.  But, that's all ok.  Cuz they are guys.  What horse- pucky. The truth is Danica has more cajones than ANY "sports writer" out there and probably more than half the field she races.  

    I too, cannot believe that this "article" was posted on the INDYCAR site.  This is the kind of trash talk that bloggers for Yahoo post.  My membership to Indy carnation is officially being flushed down the toilet. If they are going to allow this type of abuse to one of the top drivers to occur, I certainly will never give them a single red cent of my money again.  Have fun Indy car.  It was nice knowing ya, you numbnuts. 

    I can't wait for Danica to go to Nascar & whoop some butt.  Then I shall sit back & cheer as I watch all the sponsor dollars follow her to Nascar & all you haters will be left watching nothing on Sunday afternoons.  

    Well, maybe you can catch some infomercials for "male enhancement products"   LOL

  21. 21 tony roell 16 Oct
    Danica is the best thing indy car has had in the last ten years, you ungrates sbould be happy ! Danica is a living legend & a talented driverso stick it up your's ! .....what a cheap shot , after today iam done with indy car .
  22. 22 PhilipJames 16 Oct

    I almost forgot to comment about the author and this article being on an official Indycar site just before Danica leaves. What a classless operation. Taking a dirty shot at Danica now, as she leaves Indycar, shows just what a bunch of low life rats the people in Indycar really are. I am not going to get into a long commentary of why, suffice to say that this really highlights what a bunch of jerk offs and aholes inhabit the Indycar garages.

    Dalbey, you gerbil loving dolt, have a happy life in your little bubble world there at Indy. This article of yours smearing Danica just made up my mind...   I will make sure to ignore every single race in Indycar next year.

  23. 23 Brian 16 Oct

    I have got to agree with this article, I was a fan of Danica, until i saw her get in Dan Wheldon's face in pit lane and shove him on national tv, leaving Dan in the awkward position of not being able to shove back because she's a woman. I've been a fan of Dan's ever since. I just hope she won't start shoving the rednecks in nascar around,they might shove back.  

  24. 24 PhilipJames 16 Oct

    What we have here is a male dominated sport that failed to recognize that there was a great female driver in the mix who did not have to win races to expand the appeal of Indycar. In order to race a car in Indycar or NASCAR, you first of all need money, lots of money. From sponsors. Danica recognized this and spent a lot of time promoting her sponsors which allowed her to race in Indycar. You also need a lot of fans. Danica recognized this and spent a lot of time meeting, greeting and interacting with her fans. This also gave her the fan base which the sponsors recognized and led to them putting up a lot of money so she could race.

    Now, ever other really good race car driver can do the same thing. Its a free country. Anyone who is good enough to race in Indycar and there is no one who can say Danica Patrick is not good enough (she is, even in a crappy year, 10th in points, isn't she? ahead of a lot of male drivers in good cars) can do the same thing Danica did. So, where are they? Hello out there... its wide open. Just bring the money and fans.

    Danica is the best female race car driver in the world right now. Of course we hear about Simona now that Danica is going and the men are comfortable with a female who is built like a man and does not have any sex appeal (even though the guys sure like to promote the fact that they have MALE sex appeal, don't they?). You see, the male drivers have egos and a lot of them just could not stand the fact that Danica had more fans than any of them and made more money than any of them and was just, MORE POPULAR, than any of them.

    So, screw those who don't recognize that Danica Patrick was great for Indycar and racing in general and whether she won a lot of races or not, made the other drivers a lot more money by just being there. She also opened up the possibility for sponsors to look for other female drivers.... don't forget that.

    As for the argument that she drove fantastic cars and how could she not win with such great equipment...  well, have the other Andretti drivers won a championship? Have they even come close? I checked... while racing for Andretti Racing... Mike Conway - 1 win in 17 races, Danica - 1 win in 84 races, Marco - 2 wins in 84 races and Ryan HR -  2 wins in 33 races. That is the record of current drivers for Andretti Racing - which is supplying second rate cars in my opinion compared to Chip Gnassi and Team Penske. Hello.... remember Indy 500 this year? When it looked like NONE of the Andretti cars would even make it into the race? HELLO? My memory is not perfect, but it seems that there are two top racing teams who win almost all the races and have done so for a number of years now.... RIGHT? Come on.... argue about that one. I dare you. All I have to do is pull out the top 4 drivers for the last 6 years and guess what teams they race for? And, remind me.... who is racing for the championship this year?

    Now she goes to Nationwide because she has a great sponsor and great fans and is POPULAR and she is having FUN driving a race car. I see that even now, before the 2012 season starts, there are more sponsors coming on board in Nationwide for next year and there are some new teams being able to race the whole season next year... i.e....more drivers being able to race full time. Why? Because the SMART MONEY recognizes that with Danica racing full time in Nationwide in 2012, there will be great interest, more fans, more TV time and more popularity which is what racing is all about. This is a BUSINESS idiots. No fans, no racing. No sponsors, no racing.

    I am glad Danica is going Nationwide. I will watch every single race and cheer her on. I bet that hundreds of thousands of fans will do the same thing. As for Indycar, what's to watch next year? The only thing that might be worth checking out is the new car. Wow. A new car...  same drivers. The only hope everyone has to have is that Penske and Gnassi get screwed up adjusting to it so that the other teams at least stand a chance.

    But, like I said...   I will be watching every single Nationwide race next year and hope that Danica wins a few and gets really good at it and makes all the drivers, teams, race tracks and promoters a ton more money. I just can't wait. (Going to be watching the last few races she is in this year too!)

  25. 25 Bob Paxson 14 Oct
    I believe Danica is leaving because road courses are killing Indy, plus Nascar has more races than Indy each year.  If Indy wants to survive they need to run strickly ovals and more of them.  Unfortunately no one is listening and you will be sorry when it's too late.  Danica is a ground breaker and a wonderful human being loved by millions.  When she leaves she take with her the ratings Indy can't afford to lose but since Indy is too stubborn to realize this all I can say is hello Nascar.  She will find a wonderful home where she will be treated better by a kinder press and drivers who have already opened their arms to her.  Nascars gain is Indy's loss, big time.  Don't belive me, just wait until the ratings come in, you'll be sorry.  Go Danica,  your the best thing that ever happened to auto racing.
  26. 26 David Stanisz 14 Oct
      I really get P.O.'d when I hear or read something about Danica never winning the "500".  If it wasn't for her, I'm not sure where Indy racing would be now.  According to the critics, poor Danica just didn't have it.  How many "great drivers" have there been that have never won that race!!!!  That goes for not only Indy racing but for Nascar also.  Why don't you so called "Race Experts" just get into a different profession and then we'll all be better off than reading the dumb stuff you're allowed to write.  I've been either listerning or going to Indy since I was 5 years old back in 1940 so I think I know a little about auto racing.  My last comment is that I believe that racing on road circuits is going to kill IRL who stated when they began, that it was going to be strictly oval racing.  Look at the excellent race they had every season at Chicagoland where I did buy a season pass just to watch open wheel racing.  I gave away the Nascar tickets portion.  Hope IRL, IZOD, will wise up and forget about road racing.  Leave that too the drivers overseas.
  27. 27 DANIKA FAN 14 Oct
    DANIKA PUT INDY BACK ON THE MAP !!!!   AND SO I AM GOING TO SEE HER KICK SOME ... IN LAS VEGAS...GO DANIKA
  28. 28 Gerry Bullock 14 Oct
    I think Danica saved Indy racing,,,,you have lost one more American driving Indy,,,,that is a big problem,,,,I have been to 61 Indy 500s,,,the people there wants more Americans driving.    You will not get the fan base back until you ger Americans back.   Road races are like watching paint dry,,,I would not come to one if you sent me a first class ticket and a limo to the track.  DO NOT forget,,CARTS whent road or street and bellyed up.  You should have kept Danica at all cost,,,maybe road race lost her.  How about adding some dirt track race's to you scedule...
  29. 29 Gerry Bullock 14 Oct
    I think Danica saved Indy racing,,,,you have lost one more American driving Indy,,,,that is a big problem,,,,I have been to 61 Indy 500s,,,the people there wants more Americans driving.    You will not get the fan base back until you ger Americans back.   Road races are like watching paint dry,,,I would not come to one if you sent me a first class ticket and a limo to the track.  DO NOT forget,,CARTS whent road or street and bellyed up.  You should have kept Danica at all cost,,,maybe road race lost her.  How about adding some dirt track race's to you scedule...
  30. 30 Steve Parson 14 Oct
    I was at Indy between turns 1 & 2 when Danica lost it going for the pole on that cold overcast Sunday. I was also at Michigan when she ran out of gas on that last lap and my daughter & I both watched her have a nice little hissy fit. Danica I wish you the best in Napcar. I will continue to follow the fastest racing on the planet. Perhaps like Dan Weldon Indy car can catch up and pass that slower more boring series. In closing whats up with those sticker headlights?
  31. 31 Karen 14 Oct

     I am ashamed to be apart of IndyNation if this is the way they treat a driver that has done so much for the series.  To cut her down the way this article has is disrespectful and unprofessional.  Paul Dalbey needs to apoligize to Danica, and to Indy Car Nation members.  You do NOT speak for all the members and to assume that you do is wrong. 

     To say her childhood dream can never be achieved is ludicrous.  Besides, how many times have "childhood dreams" for people changed?  Who are you to say just what her childhood dreams where.  Yes she has stated that winning the Indy 500 was a dream of hers but racing in it at all was indeed a part of her dream as well. 

    Danica has said that Indy Car has ceased to be fun and that she is having fun in NASCAR.  It is her choice to drive wherever she wants to drive.  Indy Car races have, for the most part, become follow the leader parades and not races.  There have been a few races that had some excitement to them but those, like Kentucky, are the exception.  I have been frustrated with the past few seasons and the lack of  "racing" that has been brought on by adding more and more road street courses and taking away great oval racetracks such as Chicago and Nashville.  For a driver that has stated they prefer ovals and statistics show that drivers performs better on ovals, to decide to leave the series, is quite understandable. 

    I have seriously doubt I will renew my membership as a Championship Indy Car Nation member.  With the lack of respect this artical shows I no longer want to be a part of this group.

  32. 32 dave g. 14 Oct
    There were many women before her such as janet guthrie,lynn st james and sarah fisher to thank who opened up the doors to indy car.
  33. 33 HEKIEL 14 Oct
    Your male race car drivers are not all not all saints nor are the female drivers martyrs. When everyone remembers that they are all car racers and that is what the public wants to see, then the sport will have progressed towards its fullest potential! May GOD bless Danica as well as the other racers!
  34. 34 HEKIEL 14 Oct
    Your male race car drivers are not all not all saints nor are the female drivers martyrs. When everyone remembers that they are all car racers and that is what the public wants to see, then the sport will have progressed towards its fullest potential! May GOD bless Danica as well as the other racers!
  35. 35 Dan in.ca 13 Oct

    What kind of an absolutely thankless ( for the fans she brought to a comatose series) spitefully intended ("her childhood dream is now destined to go unfulfilled") piece of rubbish is this article? It' the thankless and spiteful kind Bernard allowed to be on the Official Izod Indycar site. The Indycar drivers should be ashamed that this was allowed on this site, sure it's not hard to find this kind of thing elsewhere in the blogoshere typed by sedentary obese men who's only childhood dream was a six foot sandwich. Now I hope Power beats Dario so Dario can let loose again about the brilliant 'spin the tire' for Texas2. That's three of the more popular drivers, Helio, Power and Dario who have bad mouthed the Izod Indycar Series this year.

    Absolutely tactless, Mr. Bernard

    P.S. This 'article' was posted the same day Danica posted the fastest time out of 34 competitors.

  36. 36 Dan in.ca 13 Oct

    What kind of an absolutely thankless ( for the fans she brought to a comatose series) spitefully intended ("her childhood dream is now destined to go unfulfilled") piece of rubbish is this article? It' the thankless and spiteful kind Bernard allowed to be on the Official Izod Indycar site. The Indycar drivers should be ashamed that this was allowed on this site, sure it's not hard to find this kind of thing elsewhere in the blogoshere typed by sedentary obese men who's only childhood dream was a six foot sandwich. Now I hope Power beats Dario so Dario can let loose again about the brilliant 'spin the tire' for Texas2. That's three of the more popular drivers, Helio, Power and Dario who have bad mouthed the Izod Indycar Series this year.

    Absolutely tactless, Mr. Bernard

    P.S. This 'article' was posted the same day Danica posted the fastest time out of 34 competitors.

  37. 37 Brent 13 Oct
    Bye Bye Dannica.  Good luck battling the neck cars and whining about it all the way.  Myabe your lack of skills, can be overlooked in a bikini over there....its superficial anyway.
  38. 38 Jake James 13 Oct

    Here's the thing about Danica that has always annoyed me: from the very beginning [of her career in Indycar] she's been in top-flight equipment and she was surrounded by quality teammates who could pass along their knowledge from setting up a car to how to be competitive on road courses. Yet, for reasons unknown she never really improved as a driver. She came in at a certain level of talent an pretty much stayed at the same level. And then when it came to road courses she continually moaned that they "...weren't her thing."  Other racers work at their craft, including going so far as going to road-racing schools to improve...

    Indycar is over for Danica. And if her career in Nascar goes bust, I think (I know I wouldn't hire her anyway) that she won't come back to Indycar because she's burnt that bridge, so it's success in Nascar or she's done.

  39. 39 Chris Fiegler 13 Oct
    I am Just Curious Do you think that Danica Patrick will Race in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday May 27,2012 or do you think that she will race in the 96th Indianapolis 500?

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