Posted June 28, 2013

Kyle Petty on Danica Patrick: ‘She’s not a race car driver’

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Former driver Kyle Petty says that Danica Patrick "is not a race car driver." (Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Former driver Kyle Petty says that Danica Patrick “is not a race car driver.” (Phot by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Currently, Danica Patrick is 27th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings and has one top 10 finish in 16 starts this season.

One former driver, Kyle Petty, says that is not good enough to be called a race car driver.

“She’s not a race car driver,” Petty said on Speed TV. “There’s a difference. The King [Richard] always had that stupid saying, but it’s true, ‘Lots of drivers can drive fast, but very few drivers can race.’

“Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs. She can go fast, but she can’t race. I think she’s come a long way, but she’s still not a race car driver. And I don’t think she’s ever going to be a race car driver.”

Petty admits he doesn’t know what it takes to be a great driver. Petty had eight career Cup wins in 829 career starts.

“If I knew, I’d be a great driver,” Petty said. “I was not a great driver, and I’ll be the first to admit it. I was a journeyman driver. Just like in the NFL or any sport, there are journeyman players.”

NASCAR’s most popular driver doesn’t share that opinion with Petty.

“I have to disagree with Kyle,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday at Kentucky Speedway. “I think she’s a tough competitor. She works really hard at what she does and she has run some really good races. On every occasion, she’s outrunning several guys on the circuit.”


91 comments
RobertBarbato
RobertBarbato

I wrote a whole comment before it got erased. Bottom line. Danica is not nice and isn't a good driver. Richard petty would wipe the track with her. I have pictures with her tge night I met her at Indy 500 and she was nasty.

FrankPela
FrankPela

If women want to prove they can do things they should do it on their own like men do. Start your own racing circuit and see who wants to watch. Like the WNBA or LPGA. 

When men compete with women it is LOSE/LOSE for the men and WIN/WIN  for the women. That's not competition, it's PR and PC for women!

OokinPanub
OokinPanub

She is a race car driver, but she is mediocre at best.

Adam Bomb
Adam Bomb

I have no idea whether she's a 'racer' or not, but i absolutely abhor both the media reaction to her, and her exploitation of the media and hypocritical positions therein. 

She's like a monkey or dog. As if in every sporting event, there are the normal competitors, and then there's an oddity in the field. So, the media reports, "Dale Jr. wins the race. Kyle Busch finishes second. And Danica Patrick finished 27th." The reporting of 'the oddity' takes precedence over even the third place finisher. In every race, it's the same thing. Where'd Danica finish? As if she were a trained monkey, competing against humans. 

The media ought to, by now, given womankind more credit than that. 

But, Danica's a piece of work, too. She whines about sexism, and then runs around doing GoDaddy commercials. Pick a side, idiot. 

I'll tell ya — I'm all for women in racing. Or, whatever breaks down those old walls. But, she lost me when she called herself a "good-looking woman" on some talkshow. I mean, Christ. Arrogant much? She isn't ugly, but "good-looking?" She looks like any standard Ohio chick, in a bunch of makeup. But, i guess there's more power in belief than in truth, right? 

Fifilo
Fifilo

Dude, when was the last time this guy had a good album?

RandyHayes
RandyHayes

she's a proven loser in all series she's raced in.Danny-Kay has ONE victory in how many total starts?she's the Anna Kornakova of racing.ALWAYS HAS BEEN and ALWAYS WILL BE.

6marK6
6marK6

The proof is in the pudding. She has been given very fast cars that she can do laps in when there are no other cars on the track. When it comes to actual racing, she has not come close to repeating that success. However, like her supporter, Junior, she is a celebrity and as such, creates headlines and endorsements. So, Petty will get flamed for stating the obvious and Dale Jr. and Danica will continue to be stars for reasons other than winning races.

NormHill
NormHill

Sorry folks, I side with Kyle.  I'll give Danica a pass on her first year, but she has to start producing next year.. Racing is a fun sport but it's economics.  You have to finish in the top 10 consistently and  maybe a win or two to pay the bills.  The days of taking the family car and slapping some vinyl numbers on it and driving to the fairgrounds on Sunday are long gone.  Even running a modified on a dirt track on a Saturday night requires money and you have to perform..  While Kyle "ONLY" won 8 races, he had 173 top 10's which are the bread and butter finishes/  Danica has to string together a few top 15's to keep from being relegated to the J.J. Yealy role..Pace and park...Although J.J. has had some reasonable finishes of late...

Mr. Diplomacy
Mr. Diplomacy

His last name says it all! Petty is defined as 'small minded.' Who cares what a retired driver has to say?

Jimatmad
Jimatmad

And the only thing Kyle Petty has ever been good at is being related to a famous race car driver.

BunkyB
BunkyB

Kyle is just another 'ol boy that thinks Nascar is for men only... He needed to put on his big girl panties and deal with it. Heck look at Jaun Pablo's record.... enough said!

BigRoundDad
BigRoundDad

Why did he single her out?   Why didn't he list all the other drivers who qualify fast but can't race?   Because her popularity exceeds her results?   Why is that his business?   If she has more fans than her performance justifies, good for her, and who cares?

jws122976
jws122976

I agree he should have not said anything but Kyle is right and as far as being a good race car driver, Kyle could have been alot better if he would have put more time in it. Danica is a very pretty woman that is using the media attention to get where she is. She flat out sucks and has no excuse the cars she drives are good and has a good crew chief and a good pit crew. The only thing i could tell her is to prove the haters wrong and put it on the track...... 

Pairadocs
Pairadocs

He's not a race car driver either...NOW...Just a jealous older guy.......She's been racing since she was a kid...what makes him a better driver? Cuz he's from a racing family of Good Ol' Boys?

I hope she eventually takes some really heavy Firsts and tells these guys to go suck it. Makes me want to see her beat all their butts  even more now. Guess we won't be seeing Kyle in the SI Swim Suit issue or on Letterman or Jimmy Fallon..Probably not even in Car and Driver , or Motor Trend ads....As far as Danica goes....she can just tell them "Go Daddy" because if you don't , i'll run over you.! They'll be lookin' at her backside from their windshield instead of in a magazine.

Robert117
Robert117

Kyle, you were lucky eight times.  Just sheer luck.  As you say, you weren't a great driver.  Your comments are consistently inaccurate and I'm amazed at how someone of your "stature" does not know simple answers to NASCAR history.  Basically, you don't know "poop".   You are an insignificant little man who just happened to have a famous name and a son who did have talent and would have been a great race car driver.  What happened to you?  When I see you on TV with all your knowledgeable little "buddies", I get up and take a dump.  You nauseate me.


trobbins88
trobbins88

That's the pot calling the kettle black.  Never did like KP as a driver, sucks as an announcer too.

DonnaWiant
DonnaWiant

I like Kyle...but he wasn't a race car driver either then.

op36a
op36a

Danica has benefitted from racing's equivalent of affirmative action. The better cars, loads of money and all the hype. With all that, she still can't make the grade.

Joseph34
Joseph34

Kyle's daddy was a RACE CAR RACER. When I was a kid I always rooted for KING RICHARD. You got to give Danica credit putting up with the backward blue blood rednecks.

whoababy9999
whoababy9999

" Not much of a driver myself". You are right on there Petty. You had everything handed to you because of your name. Now get in the kitchen and fix DP a sammich.

Derek4Dolphins
Derek4Dolphins

Kyle... All I can say to you is... "BIG MISTAKE PAL".....  There are some things that need to be said, there are some things it's best left for time to sort out. Danica hasn't had many starts in "Cup Cars"... she raced more in the Nationwide series. It takes some drivers 2 to 5 years before they finally hit the right combination of setup, crew chief, engine builder and experience. 

  I have paid close attention to Danica and her driving. She doesn't drive wild and she doesn't drive outside of her own presumed abilities. Some would call that driving scared... I call it getting starts and experience and not tearing up your damn car every week doing it.

  The biggest mistake you made, Kyle, Isn't questioning Danica's ability... Your biggest mistake was being stupid enough to make a public statement about a driver who is loved by many and who inspires an entirely new fan base. It will turn around an bite you... Get ready for the fall out. And if you did this to get the "Petty Name" back in the conversation... BOY did you screw the pooch. WINNING...... will put the Petty name in conversations... not belittling a driver who inspires an entirely new fan base.

TomM
TomM

DANICA, I WANT TO MARRY YOU, I WILL BE YOUR SLAVE AND LOVE YOU TIL DEATH, YOU CAN REV MY ENGINE ANYTIME.TOM M

BunkyB
BunkyB

@Adam Bomb Race car driver are all A-types to begin with. Heck if you look at most of the driver, they think their Sh/! don't stink to begin with, so why would she be any different.

I just find it funny that Kyle P jumps on her, he had 8 wins in 30 years. The last 15 years Kyle drove he didn't crack the top 15 in points and didn't win a race the last 13.

Check out A.J. Allmendinger 0 wins in 7 years, but you don't hear Kyle whining about him.

It's an 'ol boys club thing thats all. He has a right to his opinion, but she should also get some air time.

RandyHayes
RandyHayes

@Adam Bomb you see the problem is she thinks she's a racerv and she's not.what she is is a PR magnet and NASCAR takes advantage of that even though she has NO TALENT.

Mr. Diplomacy
Mr. Diplomacy

@Fifilo Interesting comment because I think that your reference is to Tom Petty of the Heartbreakers. Either that or you have your own sense of sarcasm? BTW, I'm a 76 year-old guy who never did care for Rock & Roll, but my daughter went with a guy who liked Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

RenoNoone
RenoNoone

@RandyHayes Anna KoUrnikova, you prick!   If you're gonna drag her thru the mud, at least get her name right.

cuttyr8
cuttyr8

@BunkyB she is a loser. why do you people make excuses for her? she never wins, ever and always has an excuse. just win and people will shut up about it.. good thing she has sponsors. not sure why though as she never win!!! she needs to put her big boy pants on and drive like a man 

RandyHayes
RandyHayes

@BunkyB YOU'RE A FOOL.WHO NORMALLY fill the role of expert commentators on any subject?why those that have experience with that subject of course.

RandyHayes
RandyHayes

@BigRoundDad hey Round the object in sports or anything for that matter is to be a winner.Dannyy-Kay isn't. why do you suppose that is?

C.WalkerJr.
C.WalkerJr.

@BigRoundDad  Because they are not covered at every race they are in. 

While I can't claim to be knowledgeable racing fan, I have paid attention to DP since she entered the series. I am no suspicious that there are other better female drivers out there, but DP is included largely because she drives press. 

There is a difference between fans and press.

Hopefully some of those little girls inspired by her (and other female drivers) will grow up soon and make her less of an exception.


In the meantime, women have had quite a bit more success in drag racing. Maybe NASCAR will hook up with the NHRA.

M Berg
M Berg

@jws122976 The cars she drive aren't that good.  Tony is 16th in points and Ryan is 18th.  Those guys are driving the wheels off the cars to get good results.  Why should Danica be able to do better on unfamiliar tracks?

cuttyr8
cuttyr8

@Pairadocs you know nothing obviously. he has 8 wins.. she has zero..... enough said 

RandyHayes
RandyHayes

@Joseph34 so cheer for her to win and shut the critics up.BUT DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH TILL IT HAPPENS.

RonnieLawson
RonnieLawson

how many races did Kyle petty win one he drove on his daddy's name and money that's it he actually sucked

cuttyr8
cuttyr8

@Derek4Dolphins you keep making excuses for her not winning. it is 2013, people dont wanna wait, especially in a billion dollar industry like nascar ( baffles me to begin with). she is not a proven winner and driving "safe" will get you 27th ranked. 

RandyHayes
RandyHayes

@TomM IMAGINE THAT WOULD GET HER A LOT OF WINS.DON'T U THINK?

BunkyB
BunkyB

@cuttyr8 @BunkyB

Kyle Petty Races 829 Average Finish 21.30 Wins 8 in 30 years


Juan Pablo Montoya Races 235 Average Finish 20.04 Wins 2 in 8 years


Kenny Wallace Races 344 Average Finish 25.93 Wins 0  in 18 years


A.J. Allmendinger Races 181 Average Finish 21.35 Wins 0 in 7 years


Danica Patrick Races 28 Average Finish 26.18 Wins 0 in 1-1/2 year


Tell me again just who are you comparing her to......


RandyHayes
RandyHayes

@C.WalkerJr. @BigRoundDad "DRIVES PRESS" your words. That's the ONLY reason they keep her around.ON THE TRACK WHERE DRIVERS PROVE THEMSELVES SHE'S A LOSER.

cuttyr8
cuttyr8

indeed, man. i am not a big nascar guy but man i get tired of her and her cry baby tactics. if she actually won, problem solved. i dont care that she only makes money from her "not sure why i sponser this loser" companies.. she either needs to win or go away