Usually, drivers with multi-million dollar sponsorship packages tend to run upfront. Well, at least those who have earned it after being involved in NASCAR for quite some time.
Danica Patrick is one of a select amount of NASCAR drivers with a sponsor backing her for the majority of the season. It’s fair to say that it isn’t right for Patrick to have a sponsor with such a high value when she hasn’t even finished inside of the top 10 in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race besides last weekend’s Daytona 500.
Patrick’s super speedway skill set is rather respectable, the only type of track where her skills are actually competitive compared to her competition. Yeah, the guys who have been working their bottoms off for their entire lives just to earn a spot in NASCAR’s elite series with an elite team. Patrick’s already earned that spot in just a few years because of her days moonlighting as a bikini model and her days in the IZOD Indy Car Series, where she made headlines each year at the Indianapolis 500. However, she only won one race.
Since Patrick entered NASCAR in 2010, she hasn’t even come close to winning a race and probably won’t do so for a while. Well, at least until she recognizes that she isn’t as good as she presumably is. Of course she’s a good driver. A bad driver wouldn’t be in NASCAR, it’s that simple. She brings along the attention that the sport needs.
There’s one fault in Patrick’s style of racing, though. She isn’t as aggressive as she should be. It’s going to hurt her this weekend and it’s going to continue to hurt her throughout the NASCAR season. Qualifying 40th with a multi-million dollar sponsor isn’t acceptable. If she ran well in practice, it would’ve probably made her efforts look a tad better. However, she ran 35th and 34th respectively in the final two practices for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Patrick was also 22nd of 24 cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps in practice which is usually used to tell how a driver will do during the race. With that, here’s five reasons why she won’t do so well this season.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.