Never has a driver of the female variety come into the sport with this much notoriety and hoopla. Could be that no rookie has ever had this much attention thrust their direction before ever strapping into a stock car.
I might be a little old school, but I think a race car driver has to earn media attention on the track rather than the swimsuit issue. Granted, Danica is no rookie. She ran 13 races in 2010 for JR Motorsports (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and ended the season 43rd in points. Maybe a full season she can run in the high 20s low 30s. That’s not really a stellar rookie performance.
Danica has run the Indy Car series since 2005 in a campaign that has seen one win in a rain shortened event and a career best 5th in season standings in 2009.
Danica finished 14th in yesterday’s Nationwide Race. To her credit, she did lead a lap before fading against her inability to be the tail car in the Daytona Tango.
There is no doubt that Danica has some talent on the track, but until that translates to top fives and wins, I won’t be dedicating much blog-space to her racing performance. She plans to race 12 events this year and make a decision before next year on whether she will run NASCAR full-time next season. I hope her decision-making plans include a long conversation with other Indy Car refugee, Sam Hornish Jr., who’s NASCAR experience hovers somewhere between abysmal and disastrous.