I’m a big auto racing fan. I have been going to races since I was a little kid. As I have grown older I will admit that my interest in the sport has declined. Maybe it’s because the sport has changed so much over the years or maybe it’s because I have changed over the years. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing better than a warm Saturday night at the local short track, drinking a beer, eating a hamburger, and listening to the roar of the races. There isn’t anything much better than that.
I also follow the major leagues of racing a bit. I enjoy NASCAR and I love when it’s time for the Indy 500, the qualifying, the 3-wide start, the drinking of the milk… it’s awesome! I was also really looking forward to next seasons Nationwide NASCAR series since they are switching to the new cars that look much more like production cars (Mustang for Ford, Challenger for Dodge, etc .) but in walks Danica Patrick and spoils everything. She has already ruined Indy Racing for me and now she has to ruin NASCAR as well??
What am I some sort of sexist??
No, I have nothing against women race car drivers, that isn’t the problem. The problem is all the hype that surrounds Danica Patrick and for what??? What has she ever accomplished in auto racing that deserves so much hype? Sure, she won a race in Japan when only a few other cars showed up, yet in her entire Indy Racing League career Danica has lead only a total of 110 laps! Compare that to almost any other driver on the circuit. Heck just grab any random name from the IRL driver roster… look at Tomas Sheckter who gets ZERO attention from the media (and rightfully so), Tomas has won twice as many races as Danica and led over 1300 laps in competition! Or look at Ryan Briscoe who finished 3rd in points (two places ahead of Danica in the final standings) he has won 5 races and led over 1000 laps, one might think these guys would get as much attention as Danica, but no… every race we have to be inundated with live updates from Danica’s pit stall (usually battling for 9th place).
You’re killing the sport!
So, what’s the deal? What’s really going on here? Well obviously Danica gets the attention she gets because she looks better in a bikini than Marco Andretti. It’s as simple and as shallow as that. So that’s what it’s come down to eh? It’s tragic that we have reduced ourselves to being so fascinated with sex that we like certain athletes over another because they whore themselves out to the media.
I can dream can’t I?
Ohhhhhhh…. what I wouldn’t give to see A.J. Foyt punt Danica out of the way as he lapped her for the 6th time (on just lap 30). Yes, I long for the days when race drivers earned their respect on the track. I just can’t respect a driver that gets attention for showing their breasts in a skimpy bikini.
Is it Danica’s fault or is it the media’s fault? I guess when it gets right down to it both the media and Danica share in the guilt for the over-hyping and her overexposure. Ironically, she will be driving in NASCAR for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is NASCAR’s reigning king of the over-hyped and overrated.
Dear, media… I really couldn’t care less about Danica’s fuel strategy when she’s running in 27th place trying to avoid being lapped for the 8th time. ~ me
But that’s what we are going to get…. all Danica… all the time.
Count me out. I will stick with the short tracks in the small towns on Saturday night and cheer on the local drivers who still drive for the fun of the sport. I really don’t care to see Danica and Milka Duna having a cat-fight in the pits, it’s an embarrassing demise of one of the greatest sports the planet has ever known.