Posted February 13, 2014

Danica Patrick brushes off criticism from Richard Petty

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Danica Patrick (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick finished 27th in the Sprint Cup standings last season. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick believes Richard Petty is entitled to his opinion and that only positives can come from his recent controversial statements.

Responding at Daytona 500 media day on Thursday to Petty’s assertion that the only way Patrick will win a Sprint Cup race is “if everybody else stayed home,” Patrick said, “As I said the last time somebody said something that was not so positive for me, it spawns so many positive articles. I love the conversation that it creates in sport, and across the board it makes sports interesting. It makes life interesting when people have different perspectives, and that’s fine with me.”

Petty, a seven-time series champion, said Patrick gets so much attention because she’s a women, but he added that he thinks the publicity is good for NASCAR.

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Patrick finished eighth in last year’s Daytona 500 after becoming the first woman to win the pole. It was the 31-year-old’s only top-10 finish in 46 career Sprint Cup races.

“It has nothing to do with where it comes from,” Patrick said of the 76-year-old Petty’s comments. “The people that matter the most to me are my team, my sponsors and those little 3-year-old kids that run up to you and want a great big hug and say they want to grow up to be like you. That’s the stuff I really focus on.”

Later, in an interview on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” Patrick said she won’t seek Petty out to talk about his comments.

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7 comments
KevinClugston
KevinClugston

She sucks.  If she didn't have a marketable face/body/gender no one would know who she was.  You don't have to be sexist to tell the truth about it.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

 Everything Petty said is true, so what's the problem? It's the same thing in the military. When I went through Airborne training some idiot female senators wanted women in our jump school. So they were sent in, change the difficulty of it so they could pass, and ended up getting something like 150 of them injured on the very first jump! It was up to 350 by the end of the week. Your either up to the challenge physically or your not. It's called COMMON SENSE for a reason, but it's a real rarity in this world.

dandogwood
dandogwood

winning often silences all critics. losing breeds comments that winning quiets and subdue. There is no substitute for wins. Woman belong in the kitchen and in the bedroom and cleaning something. Racing cars is for the men.

tlm773458
tlm773458

I am not a fan of NASCAR at all.  To quote the ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, "They're making a left turn, they're making a left turn, I wonder what will happen next".  That being said I would classify Danica's statements as true sportsmanship.  Many times in other professional sports you will see someone talk trash and the response is almost always a word fight on social media or worse.  In this case, Danica is taking the high road and not commenting about someone talking trash on her.  Her skills on the track do not matter when you look at it in the light of her not firing back at Richard Petty.

SteveDucharme
SteveDucharme

Yawn.. Go win a race (or at least be competitive) or shut up.

KevinClugston
KevinClugston

@dandogwood now this is an ignorant sexist comment.  IF she was a better driver, her gender wouldn't matter at all.  IF she was a winner, no one would point out that she's female.  


I hope you don't teach your children your Neanderthal ways... or that you do and they shun you and your ways like you deserve.

KevinClugston
KevinClugston

@tlm773458"her skills on the track do not matter when..."


I'll finish this for you differently.  Her skills on the track to not matter when you realize she's paid to race cars and sell products and she does one of those things better than almost any other driver ever has.