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A Tired Act

Posted on: February 10, 2009 7:12 pm

Danica Patrick is at it again.

You may have seen her rather risque commercial during the Super Bowl that featured the Indy Car driver heading into a shower.

Patrick followed that up with her appearance in this week's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue where she appears in a skimpy bikini laying over the hood of a silver Shelby Cobra.

"I think SI portrays women in a classy and beautiful way," said Patrick. "I'm honored they asked me to be part of the swimsuit shoot again."

More power to Patrick if she feels comfortable with her looks and enjoys playing up her sexuality. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.

However it is becoming more and more obvious with each passing year that Patrick is nothing more than a one trick pony who despite becoming the first woman to win an Indy Car race last year would more than likely be on the driver unemployment line without having the sexy female card to play.

There are many other drivers of equal talent if not better than Patrick looking for work. All of them happen to be male.

Without the novelty of being one of the few female racers in the series, Patrick's track record would not earn her a spot in the incredibly shrinking IRL driver line-up, which has been ravaged by more and more teams closing their doors due to the poor economy.

But she's still the circuit's lightning rod and whether it's the latest photoshoot or last season's catfight with fellow female IRL drier Milka Duno, Patrick is the Indy Car racing barometer more often than not.

Patrick always stresses how she wants to be known as a competitive race car driver and not a sideshow. But before she can finish that thought there she is, showing up in another commercial, advertisement or photo spread flaunting her wares.

She'd be best served to let her driving tell her story for a while and step away from the cameras, lights and g-strings for the time being.

It's an act that as attractive as it can be, is becoming unwatchable.


Category: Auto Racing

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2009 7:33 pm

A Tired Act

I second that one Hooter.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2009 2:28 pm

A Tired Act

You say that like it would be a bad thing.if it wasnt for Danica all open wheel racing could vanish tomorrow and i wouldnt care   

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2009 1:18 pm

A Tired Act

REALITY ALERT.....the fact is if it wasnt for Danica there wouldnt even be an IRL anymore

You say that like it would be a bad thing.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 5:04 pm

A Tired Act

Go to and look at her gallery of pix.  Driving ability or not, she's damn good to look at.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2009 3:42 pm

A Tired Act

I'll agree who cares what she does. The only thing I can't stand is how she pouts off after a wreck and blames everyone else, she runs up like she is going to do something pushes a driver and is like what. Like another driver is going to push her back. That is what is old it's racing people wreck get over it.

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2009 11:07 pm

A Tired Act

I am not sure why everyone has such a problem with this, I mean come on Danica isn't that bad to look at all. Like you guys don't look at the pictures of the girls holding the wrenchs or opening a car door, or what about when you go to the car shows and you see all the Hot Girls going around in circles. She is a beautiful car and she can drive pretty well also. I am sorry you guys have your panties on to tight, or maybe it is the small compartments in these cars.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2009 6:18 pm

A Tired Act

She'd be best served to let her driving tell her story for a while The problem Pete is there would be plenty of confusion with her story. Pat Conroy already authored a book titled, "My Losing Season".

I am fascinated by the replies that have come in this thread though. So many experts .

I really don't want to waste all of the column space here, so I will choose to respond to many of these posts in my blog. A sample of the "experts":

So what if she poses for S.I. or if she makes some commercials that are a little sexy, she's just trying to make her place in this down-driven economy just like everyone else. She needs to be left alone to do her thing, you go danica!So, what was the reasoning for her doing this when the economy was stronger?

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2009 6:11 pm

The Clever Hypocrite Pistone

Very clever , Pete.

A story about how Danica is using sex to get attention.


I noticed that there are FOUR pages of responses to your story.

I doubt very much  that a story about  Justin Wilson, Oriol Servia or E.J. Viso is going to generate ONE response , let alone four pages worth .

Who ?


So who else is selling sex, Pete ? ? ?

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2009 5:57 pm

A Tired Act

"There are many other drivers of equal talent if not better than Patrick looking for work. All of them happen to be male."

Name one.

One who could actually attract a sponsor, that is .

Michael Waltrip made a great living by being handsome and funny and not winning.

So Danica's not allowed ?

Because she's a woman ?


Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2009 1:11 pm

A Tired Act

I find it to be very depressing that women in sports in this country very rarely get lasting attention for athletic achievements, but seem to easily acquire fame and fortune by showing ample amounts of skin while in front of a camera.  For a female fan, it's depressing to me that women don't ever seem to be able to get past just being objects. I have considerable appreciation for those women who excel in their respective sports, and don't choose to go down that particular road.

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