Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports spent last weekend quashing rumors that they are bidding for Danica Patrick. One rumor that made the rounds online had Patrick replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick. Given how much money Earnhardt generates, that one is hard to believe. Also, replacing the most popular driver in the sport can’t be an ideal situation for Patrick.
Still, speculation abounds. The Florida Times-Union reports that Patrick could be the shot in the arm the sport needs, given flagging television and attendance numbers. Not that it would be easy. The article features a quote from Richard Petty, who joins Darrell Waltrip in voicing his belief that girls can’t drive. "I just don’t think it’s a sport for women, and so far, it’s proved out," Petty said. "It’s good for them to come in. It gives us a lot of publicity. It gives them publicity. But as far as being a real true racer, making a living out of it, it’s kind of tough."
Knowing Patrick, this will just make her want it more.
The Web site The Sports Debates joins the growing chorus of those who believe Formula 1 is a better fit for Patrick. The site claims that if Patrick were to choose F1, she could easily net more than the eight endorsements she now enjoys with IRL. The debate goes on to say with Formula 1, Patrick doesn’t need to win. All she has to do is show up. But given her competitive nature, she would do more than show up – she would win.
Finally, what is it like to be Danica Patrick inside the cockpit of an Indy car? Find out in this video of her final 10 laps at the 2009 Indianapolis 500.