28 June 2007

It's Time For A Win Before 'Danicamania' Fades

Danica Patrick has now been on the IndyCar Series for three years. She's been the most popular driver while boosting attendance and bringing publicity to the sport. But there's one thing she still hasn't done. She hasn't won a race yet.

Although she once led the Indy 500 for 19 laps and finished fourth, she has yet to go the distance. For Patrick it's only a matter of time though.

"It's going to be nice to do it. It's probably going to come when everyone least expects it, including myself, but it's time,'' she said. "It's time to just do it and get it over with, and I can't tell you that I'm going to be over-the-moon ecstatic."
Or to paraphrase, a Danica Patrick victory needs to happen. She needs it, but so does the IRL. A victory would lend legitimacy to her status on the circuit. It's one thing to drum up publicity and hype, but before long she's got to deliver the goods. Otherwise this valuable endorsement deals will dry up. The same goes for the IRL. They've piggybacked on the Patrick wagon, but they've also put a lot of energy and development into her. And to their credit they've both benefited from it. Patrick has brought attention to the IRL that in all honesty they wouldn't have gotten otherwise.

But how long can this go on without a victory? How far will fans and the media go along with this before they're calling her a sideshow not worthy of all that's been brought her way. A victory is the crucial next step in her development. Otherwise she's just another version of Manon Rheaume and Anna Kournikova.

"I'm going to be relieved,'' Patrick said about her inevitable first victory. And so will everyone else.

7 comments:

hollywood wags said...

The IRL is terrible.

She is terrible and obnoxious, she has all the attitude of a seasoned F1 driver but none of the skill or brains. She cannot drive road courses.

CART is barely watchable as well, and I used to LOVE CART with Mansell and Mario...great racing.

Mole said...

About this time last year I wrote about the "that time of the month" comment made about her when she was in contract talks and a possible NASCAR move was rumored.

To sum up my thoughts, we get it. You're young, you're reasonably good looking, have "talent", and you're a woman. Now, go win an eff'n race! Or, like Cartmans says, "Go back to the kitchen and make me a pie!"

Anonymous said...

Reasonably good looking is still giving her too much credit with that Eddie Munster hair do.



But she will be in the spotlight win or lose because of the ESPN Hype Machine. If she continues not to win, I could see her becoming an even BIGGER story (ex: like Michelle Wie. For some reason, ESPN shows more and more of Wie now that she loses more and more. Its pathetic).

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