May 26, 2010
Danica Patrick, one of auto racing's most popular (and perhaps most overrated) drivers steered clear of sportsmanship this past Saturday when she failed to take ownership of her less-than-stellar performance during qualifying for the 94th Annual Indianapolis 500. It was the Go Daddy girl's finger-pointing at her pit crew and car that left fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pointing another, centrally-located finger in Danica's direction.
Patrick, quite arguably known more for being racy than for racing, has been struggling to find herself all season since adding the NASCAR Nationwide Series to her already full IndyCar schedule. Although she is ranked 16th in IndyCar points, Patrick has had only one top-10 finish in five races and still has only one trip to victory lane in her racing career. Even Dale Earnhardt Jr., who probably is Patrick's chief competition for the title of racing's most overrated driver, has more career victories than that.
The frustration finally boiled over for Patrick after posting Saturday's four-lap qualifying average of 224.217. She'll start 23rd, the middle of Row 8 this coming Sunday, by far her worst starting position ever at Indy.
Patrick climbed out of her car and in a post-qualifying interview heard by fans listening to the IMS public address system, the Go Daddy girl whined that she had "a good car with a bad setup" and placed blame for her poor showing on pretty much anyone and everything not named Danica Patrick.
"It's not my fault," she cried. "The car is not good." Patrick also complained to the crowd, “This is the worst car I’ve ever had” and stated that she was “still shaking”.
Fans did not take kindly to Danica's apparent blame game, as boos rained down on her faster than you could say Go Daddy.
"Shoot, I say one confident thing out there and everybody boos me. I'm blown away," said Patrick, who drives for Andretti Green Racing. "These people, I mean, I don't know, maybe they all booed me before. I would think that some of them cheered for me before, and I'm not a different driver than I was five years ago."
You are 100 percent correct Danica. You aren't a different driver than you were five years ago. You still don't win races. So put up or shut up.
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