Danica Patrick and Kyle Petty have been exchanging jibes over the last few days, a little feud that began when Petty, a former driver who now works as a NASCAR analyst for the Speed network and TNT, claimed that Patrick was “not a racecar driver.”
Of course, Patrick is indeed a racecar driver. It’s her job. What Petty meant was that she didn’t fit the definition of “a racer” as defined by his father, the legendary driver Richard Petty. According to the younger Petty, Patrick can certainly drive fast but she doesn’t have the technical knowledge to actually race. He went on to say he doubted she’d ever develop the ability.
Patrick has struggled this season, averaging a starting position of 32nd and averaging a finishing spot of 26th. She has only one top-10 finish (at the Daytona 500, where she finished eighth) and is currently 27th in the standings.
Patrick said she didn’t really care bout Petty’s comments, calling them “funny,” and said that she has gotten use to being criticized by her fellow drivers. She claimed that she’ll always face unfair doubt and criticism because of her celebrity status. Multiple driver came to her defense, calling Petty’s comments uncalled for.
Earlier this week, Patrick was named one of Forbes’ top 100 celebrities.