You know what’s crazy? I’ll tell you what’s crazy.™
Danica Patrick’s pole position.
No, not the pole in the red light district surrounded by mirrors and dollar bills. I’m talking about the pole at the Superbowl of NASCAR.
THE DAYTONA 500
The hot, petite form fitting, Go Daddy Dot Com lead foot is on the inside lane of row 1. That’s rarefied air.
It’s the first time a woman has taken this position, and women have taken a lot of positions over the years.
Danica is the queen of speed. She is an Indy car winner circling the track at over 200 mph.
But this is NASCAR and in NASCAR the big boys jostle for position. In NASCAR, rubbing is racing. In NASCAR, it’s good ole boys putting each other into the wall. In NASCAR, Danica has been something of a side show.
NASCAR is a male dominated sport. NASCAR is old country boys, chewing tobacco and spittoons. It’s a good ole boy frat house that even some guys can’t hack.
So far, no girly man from the prissy worlds of Formula 1 or Indy car has blazed a trail.
Nope. It’s usually a punk ass kid who came out of Cart racing or midget racing. Even driving a truck gives you a better chance of surviving in NASCAR.
And so when a woman races in NASCAR, when some men can’t hack it, well that’s huge.
Danica can circle with the best of them, but up till now, she has been eye candy in a testosterone fueled world.
If Danica didn’t have hips and boobs and a pretty smile, you wouldn’t know her name. If Danica was Dan, and has won as many NASCAR races as Danica has, ZERO, you wouldn’t know her name either.
But Danica is not a man, she is curvaceous, and hot, and sexy and looks good in a fire suit. She is good for racing. Sex sells. So does winning. Winning the pole could change the perception of Danica the side show to Danica the NASCAR competitor.
Vegas has her at 15 to 1.
“I’m happy and proud,” she says.
“she is the fastest driver,” Jeff Gordon said. “I’m the fastest guy”, he laughed.
Only 9 pole winners went on to win the race.
Chances are Danica will not win, but to start first, is quite a feat.
She’ll be out front when they start. She will be photographed a thousand times. She will be mentioned a million times. Her ads will be on commercials while her car is circling the track.
If she can stay out front in clean air, away from the ugly neanderthal beating that will be happening in the pack, she has a chance.
If she wins, she will be the Tiger Woods of motorsports.
And that is crazy.™