Danica Patrick Showing She is Still Not Ready To Run with the Big Boys

Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst IMay 24, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 15:  Danica Patrick of Andretti Autosport watches on as her crew readies her car during opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 15, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.   (Photo by Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Once the foundation begins to crumble, it’s just a matter of time before the rest of the building comes crashing down.

You can call them words of wisdom, or you can take it for whatever it's worth and move on.

Either way the consequences are always going to be there, waiting in the midst for just the right time to come out and strike that person dead.

Danica Patrick, who drives the Andretti Autosport Honda GoDaddy.com-sponsored IRL car, has been the poster girl ever since she first entered the series back in 2005.

Patrick, who built her career by overshadowing her less than skillful driving abilities by posing for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, literally threw her team under the bus during qualifying for next weekends Indianapolis 500.

Patrick, who was close to tears after qualifying 23rd, was heard over the public-address system saying that, "This is the worst car I've ever had. There's no stability or grip. It's just scary, really scary...It's awful, really awful. I think I'm still shaking."

Patrick went on to say that, “I wasn’t flat out the last two laps and I was scared to death flat on the first two. I’ve never been bad here before. I’ve never been outside the top 10 on a finish or qualifying, so, it’s not my fault. The car is not good.”

Right after her comments were broadcast, the fans began expressing their disapproval by booing her because of her displeasure with the team.

For some reason she still thinks she is invincible, and as a driver what she said about her team was wrong, plain and simple.

Is it really that hard for her to take the blame once in a while, instead of telling her team once again that it’s not her fault?

The fans will only put up with so much of a driver's overzealous attitude, before they move on to one who will put some victories in the win column.

The IRL is full of drivers who have a lot more talent, along with the skills to make them championship contenders.

Good looks will only get a driver so far, and from the way the fans treated Patrick this past weekend they may have grown tired of her less than stellar performances.

"I say one confident thing out there, that it's not me, and everybody boos me," said Patrick after hearing the displeasure from the fans. "I don't know, maybe they were booing me before, but some of them were probably cheering for me before."

There is no more sugar coating the truth about her so-called driving skills, especially when all she did was complain early in the season about her dislike for the road courses.

So far this season she only has one top-10 in five races while leading zero laps, and is sitting 16th in points out of 29 drivers.

Come to think about it, Patrick has yet to prove she can handle a car she has been racing for the past six years, and within that time frame she has run 13,868 laps which equals 86 races, and she has only led 110 laps to go along with one win, 16 top-five, and 47 top-10 finishes.

Someone also needs to tell her that race car drivers don’t cry, especially ones that like to bully other drivers around unless of course their foundation is beginning to soften and crumble.

The novelty of having Patrick race in the IRL has already begun to wear off, and all you have to do is look at the television ratings along with the empty stands even though she has one victory since coming into the series.

Not even that one victory is enough to classify her as championship material, and the only thing she has going for her is the half dressed commercials she does for her sponsor GoDaddy.com.

Patrick said last week, that she isn't about to place blame on her part-time gig for the problems she is having in the IRL, while driving in NASCAR's Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports.

Patrick is far from being considered a threat to finish in the top-10 of any race, so why would she even go there with that comment?

The schedule that was chosen should have been the first indication that not even Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew she would be able to compete at this level, and the reason he hired her was he needed a sponsor.

Just how much of an impact she will have after her short IRL vacation, probably won’t be as big as when she first entered the series.

Sooner more than later her novelty will wear off if she doesn’t produce decent finishes, and when looking back at her results before she left her chances are almost non-existent.

Patrick needs to make up her mind if she wants to drive stock cars or open wheel cars, and with her going back and forth it is doing nothing but giving the fans more reasons to believe she is only doing this to keep herself in the public eye.

Even if you combine the two series she races in, not even the numbers match up to anything but a mediocre driver at best.

Danica is far from racing with some of NASCAR’s finest, but then again who are we to pass judgment on a driver who has one victory on her resume?