NASCAR’s all-time winningest driver Richard Petty was at the Canadian Motorsports Expo when he was asked about the chances Danica Patrick will win a Sprint Cup race.
“(Only) if everybody else stayed home,” said Petty, via Wheels.ca.
He wasn’t done there claiming that being a woman has helped her land a deal and attract sponsorship.
“If she’d have been a male, nobody would ever know if she’d showed up at a race track,” Petty said. “This is a female deal that’s driving her. There’s nothing wrong with that, because that’s good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport.”
Patrick’s record is pretty solid even though she hasn’t won a Sprint Cup race, she is only about to begin her second season in the circuit and hasn’t had a lot of opportunities. Her average finish position was 26.1 but she posted a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500 after winning the pole for the event. When racing in the IndyCar Series she won at Twin Ring Motegi Superspeedway becoming the first woman to win a major open-wheel race.
[h/t] SB Nation