Finally, someone involved with NASCAR isn’t babying Danica! Patrick really isn’t awful, but she receives far too much attention for her skill level.
Let’s face it: Danica Patrick is used by NASCAR to draw viewers in. They have hyped Danica up to a level which she will never be able to reach, but frankly no one could. It’s great to watch NASCAR move away from the stereotype of being a sport by white men for white men, and NASCAR’s ratings have improved since Danica joined, but to treat her like a reborn, female version of Dale Earnhardt is ridiculous. She’s becoming the face of NASCAR even though she has zero accomplishments here.
Patrick has complained about the way the other drivers race her several times, including to her crew chief Sunday at Kansas. Speaking about David Gilliland, she told her team:
“He tries to take me out every time. Tell his spotter that I’m coming after him if he does it again. In fact, I might just do it right now,” Patrick said, via USA Today.
Danica didn’t try to wreck Gilliland and left without giving any post-race interviews. David Gilliland did respond to Danica through his PR rep, though:
“Shut up and race.”