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"Noone can define the "IT" factor but, by God, she's got it!" quote by fan @ 2005 Indy 500 ----"You are now our new American hero." ROGER PENSKE @ Daytona 500 2013-----"She's magical!"~~~RICK HENDRICK @ Daytona 500 2013
I'm a huge fan of the incredible driving talent that Kyle Busch has... but I still don't get why he has to be such a douchenozzle a majority of the time. Same with his brother.
And what Danica did is no different that what Kyle has done multiple times on & off the track.
And what's the biggest story at Darlington this weekend according to nascar/isc...?
All I can do is wait with a bewildered curiousity as to what the shelf-life on this phenomenon will be absent any tangible results.
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However, she did shove Wheldon and as the gentleman he was, he did not shove back. That was caught on film. And I still really enjoyed her stomping down the pits to go talk to Briscoe at the 500. Then Roger told Ryan to stay in the car. Classic.
1. First off, we don't know how many non-start-and-parkers there will be in 2013. Second, who is she going to beat? She's generally not competitive in Nationwide, running against fields that have about 20 real entries. You see her regularly beating the Jeff Burton's and David Ragan's and Landon Cassill's and Casey Mears's of the world? Not likely. They have way too much experience. And she is simply not a talented enough racer. That's not going to change either. You'll see starting Saturday night, just how completely out-of-her-league she is (on a non restrictor plate Cup track).
2. Bull. Name value only matters if you can back it up more then once a year. If you are running 5 laps off the pace, in 34th spot every week, you aren't going to get any airtime. And don't deserve any either. And that's where she is going to be. Her "story" isn't going to last long or be very sellable to NASCAR fans. They don't give a damn about who is running 30th. They care about the actual race. Hell, her story has already gone stale in Nationwide.
3. Nah. She will do exactly what Dario did before her. She'll get to a point that she realizes this is a lost cause. She'll find out that she has no chance in hell of competing in Cup and that she has literally no friends anywhere down there (which I think she already has found out) and that its not much fun running in the back and that she actually doesn't like racing week-in and week-out like you have to down there and she will tuck tail and head back to the safe comforts of the Indy Car series. She'll finish out her racing career in a Indy Car. And the gullable Indy Car fandom will cheer and holler that one of "their" drivers has come back to them. And that she is back to race where her "heart is". And that she is back to win the Indy 500, which was always her #1 goal.
I'll say she races one full year in Cup in 2013 and by the middle of the year in 2013, the wheels will already be in motion for her to get the hell out of dodge. She'll be back in a full-time Indy Car ride at the start of the 2014 season.
And she will be looked at as yet another failure by a Indy Car driver in NASCAR and the ones cheering loudest for her departure will be those at Tony Stewart Racing. But those guys and the folks at DEI will have some wonderful stories to tell. Probably already do.
1. 8 S&P's would be a good guess, that seems to be a pretty consistent number. Each week a couple of those attempt the full distance though. And she'll be fine. She can run T25 when she's full time in the series, driving nothing but a Cup car, and getting plenty of testing. It's not as if it's F1 or anything.
2. Name matters. Period. Always has, always will. If it didn't, DE2 wouldn't have the biggest sponsorship package in the series. How else do you think she got where she is today in nascar?
3. Dario was in an unfunded ride & not locked into the T35. And Chip was not going to run that car out of pocket. DF had no chance before the season ever started. Anyone paying attention knew that & doesn't even bring that disaster up when talking about ICS drivers that move to nascar.
cbreez, your answer to my question was perfect. I think some of the Danica controversy stems from people's ideas of that unwritten code. She takes a different approach than alot of people and some folks don't like that. My opinion is, you need to follow the laws of physics (barely), and follow the rules of NASCAR (barely), and outside of that you do what works for you. As always, this particular topic is about opinion so I can't say I'm right and others are wrong, and vice versa.
Now that we've got a solid baseline for where she's at, I want her to keep improving and I will criticize her if she doesn't. Someone metioned that Blaney has a far more impressive start than her. I agree with you 100%, finishing 7th is in fact more impressive than finishing in the 30s. Good for him if he keeps it up.
As for IndyCar, I truly hope she doesn't go back (except in my fantasies where she goes back and wins the 500). While I have tremendous respect for that sport and the people and the fans, some of the comments I heard sounded really sour grapes-y. Really turned me off. Then you have people who criticized the attention she got from the media and from her fans for being Danica-the-brand. They claimed the only thing that should matter is how well you perform on track. Meanwhile, I've read zero complaints about all the new Brazilian fans that are watching now that Rubens Barichello is around. And you have thread after thread about how the sport does/does not need more American drivers. How on earth is this not contradictory?????
There's, what, three current threads about her, TV ratings are consistently up for races she's in, stories about her are listed under "most commented upon". I don't think people in general have stopped talking about her.
I've heard people say that her insistence on using her feminity is making it harder for other female racers. I disagree. Every other female racer I've seen is increasing their fan base with people who don't like Danica. If the only requirement for them is being "not Danica", I think they're all set.
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"If she did it on purpose, which I would like to think wasn't the case."
It seems pretty clear she was trying to give him the same kind of bump she gave Carl Edwards at Montreal last year. But his right front going down caused him to spin to the right and into the wall.
Some Danica fans are like Moms with kids in prison. Their kids are always innocent and it is always someone elses fault they are there.
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Danica got robbed last night with her drive through penalty. Otherwise she would have only finished 5 laps off the pace! Darn.