Like everyone else, I was worried that since Miss Patrick is no longer in the Izod IndyCar series, the Indy 500 TV ratings would at least drop by 50%. I arrived at this number from the last five years of reading posts about the number of Miss Patrick's fans wanting her autograph, fan club members and twitter followers.
Imagine my surprise when the ratings only dropped from a 4.3 in 2011 to a 4.1 in 2012. When I first saw this number, I assumed that a .1 ratings point must translate into at least five million households since Miss Patrick took her ten million avid followers with her to the greener pastures of NASCAR.
The only logical conclusion one can come to is this. Miss Patrick commanded her loyal followers to watch the Indy 500 even though she wasn't in it. She is still the reason why people watch IndyCar! AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti move over! Miss Patrick was, is and forever will be the face of IndyCar! Even though the evidence proves otherwise. Ernest