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Danica Patrick Shrugs Off Slam From (Male) TV Analyst

Kyle Petty says she'll never be a real race car driver

(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
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Johnson Wins 2nd Daytona 500

Danica Patrick was first woman to lead the race

(Newser) - Danica Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500 today, only to see Jimmie Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport. It was the second Daytona victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won "The... More »

Danica Patrick Wins Pole for NASCAR's Daytona 500

NASCAR racer marks biggest moment in her career

(Newser) - Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole today, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. It was the biggest achievement of her four-year NASCAR career. Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session and covered the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds,... More »

C'mon, Danica, Women Deserve Better

Patrick's sexist commercials are a step backward for women drivers: Laura Helmuth

(Newser) - The thing that Laura Helmuth loves best about auto racing is that it's the one sport in which women get to compete against men as equals. Which is why Danica Patrick's decision to become a "GoDaddy Girl" and make a "series of stupid, sexist ads"—... More »

Danica Patrick: Yep, I'm Dating Fellow Driver

Confirms her relationship with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

(Newser) - Danica Patrick has raced right on back into a relationship: The NASCAR driver is dating fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., both of them confirm to the AP . "I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard," said a giggly Patrick in a telephone interview. "I think I am... More »

Danica Patrick Divorcing

Driver splits with husband after 7 years

(Newser) - Racing's Danica Patrick and her husband are divorcing, reports USA Today . "I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage," she wrote on Facebook of husband Paul Hospenthal, who is 17 years her senior. The... More »

After Fire, Rain, Matt Kenseth Wins Daytona 500

It was a crazy night involving lots of Tide laundry detergent

(Newser) - Well, NASCAR certainly knows how to make a prime-time impression. Rain, fire, and Tide laundry detergent all factored into a Daytona 500 that will go down as the most bizarre in NASCAR history. And oh, yeah, Matt Kenseth picked up his second Daytona 500 title. The first Daytona 500 to... More »

Danica Patrick's NASCAR Debut Ends in Crash

She is uninjured but disappointed with 'tough day'

(Newser) - Danica Patrick's debut in NASCAR ended in a 12-car accident today at Daytona International Speedway. Patrick was running in the middle of the pack when several cars wrecked in front of her. She tried to duck low to avoid the spinning cars but was unable to dodge everything and slammed... More »

NASCAR Gets Jolt of Girl Power

Danica Patrick to race for team with Kelley Earnhardt as owner

(Newser) - Female racing phenom Danica Patrick confirmed today that she's going to race in NASCAR events next year. Patrick will make the jump to stock cars while maintaining her presence on the IndyCar circuit, where she is a certified star. But the best part of this new deal is that she's... More »

If Danica Moves to NASCAR, Buckle Up

Marketers say she could up viewership, sponsorship

(Newser) - If Danica Patrick switches gears from open-wheel racing to NASCAR, she could provide a much-needed boost to the recession-scarred circuit, experts tell Advertising Age. “Every TV rating for every race will increase” if Patrick makes the shift, says a sports marketing exec. Track attendance would rise, and women’s... More »

Castroneves Wins 3rd Indy 500

(Newser) - Helio Castroneves won his third Indianapolis 500 today, beating 2005 winner Dan Wheldon by 1.981 seconds and leaving Danica Patrick in third, the best finish by a woman at Indianapolis. With 10 laps to go, Castroneves' lead was 1.38 seconds, and he continued widening the gap the rest... More »

The Year in (Wiki) Questions

Month-by-month, WikiAnswers lists the top questions of 2008

(Newser) - Need a primer on 2008? TechCrunch runs down common questions from each month on WikiAnswers:
  • January: When was the last time snow fell in Baghdad?
  • February: Why did the Hollywood writers go on strike?
  • March: Why did Bear Stearns fail?
  • April: Which races has Danica Patrick won?
  • May: How successful
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'Danica Rule' Is Confusing, Controversial

Does move intended to even out drivers' weights even do that?

(Newser) - Danica Patrick will carry 35 pounds of ballast in her car in this weekend's Indianapolis 500 to make up for her tiny, 100-pound body. But even those who agree that ballasting is the fair way to account for differences in racers' body sizes aren't sure the IndyCar system is entirely... More »

Danica Ready to Make History at Indy 500

Racer 'really' likes her odds (and car) in next week's big race

(Newser) - No longer just a pretty face, Danica Patrick finally has a win, a winning team, and the fastest car she's ever raced. “I really, really like my chances" in next weekend's Indy 500, she tells Sports Illustrated. "And man, how huge would it be if I could win... More »

Danica's Car Hits Crew Member

Mechanic has concussion after accident in pit row

(Newser) - Danica Patrick, racing's rising star, clipped a crew member yesterday during practice for the Indianapolis 500. Patrick—who became the first woman to win an Indy Car race last month—struck the 63-year-old mechanic in pit row with both left tires and sent him flying through air, the Indianapolis Star... More »

Danica Is 1st Female to Win IndyCar

Patrick takes the Japan 300

(Newser) - Danica Patrick zoomed to victory in the Japan 300, becoming the first female winner in IndyCar history. Patrick pulled ahead when her top competitors were forced to make pit-stops to fuel up in the final laps, the AP reports. "It's a long time coming. Finally," Patrick said. She... More »

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