Danica Patrick Shrugs Off Slam From (Male) TV Analyst
Kyle Petty says she'll never be a real race car driver
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
Danica Patrick prepares to run practice laps at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., Friday.   (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

(Newser) – Danica Patrick might have a little extra incentive tomorrow when she races at Kentucky Speedway. It comes courtesy of former driver and current TV analyst Kyle Petty, who called her a "marketing machine" but not much of a driver, reports Auto World News.

  • Petty: "Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs. She can go fast, but she can't race. I think she's come a long way, but she's still not a race car driver. And I don't think she's ever going to be a race car driver."
  • Patrick: "I really don't care. There's going to be people who believe in you and people who don't. Plenty of people say bad things about me. I see it on Twitter. Some people want me to die. But at the end of the day, you get over that stuff and trust you're doing a good job for the people who believe in you." (She chuckled in addressing Petty's remarks, notes ESPN.)

This is Patrick's rookie season in NASCAR's tough Sprint Cup division, and she currently ranks 27th in the standings. She finished eighth in the Daytona 500, after becoming the first woman to win the pole, but that's her only top-10 finish this year. Still, that comes after a successful stretch in IndyCar racing, notes ESPN. Dale Earnhardt Jr., for one, thinks Petty is off base, reports the AP: "I have to disagree with Kyle. She has run some really good races. On every occasion she is outrunning several guys out on the circuit. If she was not able to compete, I think you might be able to say Kyle has an argument."

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Jul 27, 2013 12:37 PM CDT
I don't think any of you posters follow NASCAR. I used to but not anymore and not because of Danica. What true fans are upset about (male and female alike) is the constant and relentless hype before during and after the race. Some people say it is just male chauvinism and jealousy because of her success. What fing success? A vast majority of the time she wrecks (or gets taken out by some mean old male driver who is jealous according to her), or she finishes in the high twenties or low thirties and laps down. They constantly talk about how great she is doing as she rides around in 34th place and hasn't wrecked yet. Kyle is dead on right. She can drive fast but she has no clue how to race. Fans of NASCAR are sick of all the unwarranted hype and attention. They act like she won if she manages to finish without wrecking. One thing she has going for her. She has got go daddy's deep pockets. Lots of sponsorship money. She is a money machine. Race driver? She has not shown that on the track. They asked a couple of drivers what they thought about her and they said politely that she's an ok driver. I noticed they didn't ask her car owner and fellow driver Tony Stewart thought about her driving. Then I remembered he already weighed in on it. He was coming up behind her to pass her(on the track) and he got on the radio and told his spotter to tell her spotter to tell her if she keeps driving like that someone is going to wreck her and if she doesn't stop driving like that he is going to wreck her himself. Mind you that is his car and his teammate. That speaks volumes. It is not a gender thing. It is an ability thing. There are a lot more talented women who would be welcomed with open arms but they didn't take off their clothes so they don't have the money Danica does. She makes out like a
Jun 30, 2013 10:17 AM CDT
In other news, woman that cut off her husbands penis and put it in garbage disposal gets life in prison.
Jun 30, 2013 4:02 AM CDT
Good thing Kyle is not in Grenada, he'd be paying a fine.