• Jul 10th 2006 at 2:26PM
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Hot on the heels of Juan Pablo Montoya's decision to leave the bright lights of Formula 1 for the barbecue pits of NASCAR at the end of the 2006 season is a report that Danica Patrick's father and manager, T.J. Patrick, is currently in exploratory talks with some NASCAR teams for his daughter to join the NEXTEL Cup circuit as early as next season.
Patrick's IRL contract with Rahal-Letterman Racing ends after this season, and her father/manager is also in talks with other IRL teams. T.J. and Bev Patrick, however, attended NASCAR's USG Sheetrock 400 last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway and were guests of Roush Racing in the garage area. Roush runs Fords and features drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray.

So what's the deal, is NASCAR giving away free 50-inch plasma TVs for signing up or has America's favorite form of racing become the most lucrative deal around?

[Source: ESPN]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Maybe she's pregnant and needs to drive something a bit easier so she can keep racing while she's with child...


      I'm sorry, but turning left isn't racing.

      Put four "NASCAR"s and four F1 cars up at Laguna Seca on an enduro and we'll see what happens. Then, after the roundy-round cars are shamed on unfamiliar turf, bring the same eight cars for a showdown at Daytona - so they can be embarrassed again by very bored F1 drivers.
      • 9 Years Ago
      nascar can't touch the road performance of other race series. Comparing just oval track, for example, IRL runs in a completely different performance category than the technologically inferior nascar vehicles. Nascar is top dog in the U.S. because of it's culture and personalities, not because of performance.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I personally think that as far as control of their vehicle goes, that the WRC drivers are the best.

      NASCAR vehicles likely handle better than you [bernie] give them credit for, watch their road course races. They arent as quick as the open wheel racers because of the aerodynamic and other restrictive guidlines NASCAR enforces.

      And, I consider both Danica and JPM major stars of auto racing. Just not in the strosphere like the top Nascar drivers and michael schumacher.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If drivers had the attention span of some of these commenters, there would be no racing, just crashing. I can't believe some people bother to show wits and actually compare F1 cars and Cup cars. Just silly. Stupid to insult either. Both very respectable. This is about driver transition. Steve Kinser is King is his area, but could not be King in Cup. Many other examples. Stewart shows the opposite. Everyone seems to talk like they know it all, when noone knows if the driver can assimilate to the different world. Not even the driver in question. The very concept of competition is against the transition.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Robby Gordon will be thrilled, I'm sure.
      • 9 Years Ago
      WRONG, as light as those cars are her weighing only 9x lbs is a head start and we all know the guys were told to go easy on here during races because IRL is trying to use as much as the press she gets to keep them alive.
      Tell me one male driver that goes out of their way to so crotch shot photos as she does and not get yanked before the head of IRL.

      She has reduced the term "race driver" to call me at 900 for a good time and no other woman who has or is racing lowers themselves like that and look how well they are doing in pro NHRA
      Ger statement that she is in this to suck up every dollar she can does nothing long term for all the others doing it for liking to race 1st, money second
      She can take her honda engine and go "drifting" where her and honda belong


      So stop with the "chick" crap. Last time I checked, Patrick has never been given a head start in any race, or allowed to race a lighter car, or a car with more boost/greater horsepower. And she had behaved far more responsibly on track than a lot of "dudes." More than I can say for some of the above posts.

      Posted at 5:10PM on Jul 10th 2006 by Steve C.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, who knew we had so many ex NASCAR and F1 drivers posting on this site. I really don't think anyone on here has a friggn' clue about what it takes to drive an F1 car or a NASCAR car. Just for kicks I would like to see how some of those current F1 drivers would do with out the launch control, traction control, and god knows what else. I like both because they are so different but rally cars is like watching paint dry.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Most of the time F1 cars use a high downforce setup. Even then they can easily get upto 200+ mph given a sraight.

      Now, if they were setup specially for top speed, then they can reach 266mph

      So it's fair to say, an F1 car can beat the shit out of any car be it on a oval track, or a race course given that all the cars are setup correctly.

      As for #29 Chris: They didn't just suddenly become F1 drivers. They came through the ranks like everyone else driving normal racing cars.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Maybe these potential switchers would like to actually have enthusiastic fans watch them race during their careers. NASCAR is what it is, and pretentious urban bigots will always look down their noses at it, but comparing the NASCAR fanbase to IRL/F1/etc is like comparing the New York Yankees to the Lansing Lugnuts.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Maybe she could drive one of the new Toyotas next year. Honestly! I think that NASCAR bills itself as the "All-American Sport" and will not truly earn that name until we get a chick in a Toyota out there! That's what the USA looks like from where I sit.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey TSW,

      I haven't watched a NASCAR race in years, so none of my personality is invested in sport. My observation was focused on the popularity of NASCAR and Ms. Patrick's apparent quest for fame, not which motorsport is subjectively better or more interesting. And there's really not much about my actual point to debate.

      IRL = Indy 500, once a year
      F1 = ABC's Wide World of Sports, circa 1969
      NASCAR = 9 months of weekly coverage each year on major networks

      If one had a degree of skill and was positioning oneself to be a big racing star in America, there's really only one choice. Do you understand now what I'm saying?

      Comprehension is such an important part of reading...
      • 9 Years Ago

      but the performance is specifically restricted in nascar races to make it more of what americans want: a full contact sport. (its like Soccer- One guy gets headbutted and it is a huge deal most americans, myself included, dont really understand that)

      I think that these will be great additions for both of these racers careers and for NASCAR as well. more drama is better TV.
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