Is Danica Patrick Overrated? The Money She Brings To NASCAR Won't Be

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJune 3, 2009

HOMESTEAD, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda, looks on during the IRL IndyCar Series Spring Testing on February 25, 2009 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images).

It's been my experience as a web browser, the more web content on a particular subject is, the better odds of it happening, and there is a lot of chatter on the web about Danica Patrick coming to NASCAR.

I tell you folks this subject is buzzing, there is something going on, the marketing machine is out surveying the territory. I would venture to say some of those releases are self inflicted, if you get my drift.

The Patrick folks are exploring the North Carolina backwoods looking for wine and cheese, a good place to eat and drive.

Just guessing or maybe not.

The Indy Racing League has some problems. It looks like Tony George is not a favorite of the George family, allegedly he was or will be thrown out as CEO of the Indy track.

Maybe he will go back and sell backing powder, does that family still sell foods?

There is also much talk by fans and some drivers, well I should say, one driver, that thinks Ms. Patrick is overrated or not ready to race in NASCAR.

I'll take issue with that. I don't care if you're a "ten-pete;" how does anyone know how good someone can be, especially without having their gluteus maximus in a seat and race the car?

When those statements are made by anyone, I can assure you "WE ARE ALL GUESSING" whether your a fan, a champion driver or the king of rock & roll, Elvis.


In today's slow economy a race car team owner has to be saying to himself, I've got to have her, and it would have nothing to do with her pictures in SI.

It would have everything to do with the amount of press and fans she could being to his team, all this adds to money, lots of it.

If they get lucky, and she can run in top 15 week in and out, you just got cha-ching and lots of it. If it doesn't work out, you grab all the money you can, say see you and all is well. 

The hiring of Patrick is a no-brainer move for a team, especially for NASCAR, and is a win-win situation—even if it doesn't workout.

NASCAR would love for one of the top teams to grab her. It would give them a legit lady to advertise for diversity.

I know many NASCAR fans hate to admit it, there is talent needed to drive any car 220-plus MPH without crashing.

We can all agree on that.

If things at Indy get worse, get your pink hats out ladies, tie down and blind fold your husbands, Patrick is a coming.