• Feb 13, 2008
Most drivers love to see themselves in Sports Illustrated. It means they did something important like win the Indy 500. Danica Patrick appears in the most recent issue, but it's not for winning a race. Rather, her hot bod has landed the IndyCar driver in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. We're not sure how many shots of her appear in the actual issue, but the magazine's website has posted 44 images of her climbing out of a driving suit wearing a teency weency bikini, an image that will no doubt be conjured by many men when they see her race next.
Danica is a polarizing figure in motorsports because she doesn't shy away from her sexuality, and if anything uses it to her advantage. She's the first female in motorsports to not only be talented on the track, but also shrewd in business and able to capitalize on her money-making image. We'd all be kidding ourselves to think that Junior sells his expensive t-shirts to female fans just because he's a great driver, so it's hard to fault Danica for capitalizing on her looks, as well. On the other hand, it's also more difficult to take her seriously as a driver when she's topless.

[Source: Sports Illustrated]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      She should race naked
      • 6 Years Ago
      Haha, you guys are ridiculous. She's average looking at best, even after the airbrushing and flattering camera angles. Just because she's a racer, and an awful one at that, doesn't suddenly make her some sort of goddess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Amongst a pack of ugly dawgs, even a pit bull will look attractive. Danica is not ugly for sure, but she's only attractive relative to other female race car drivers. It's the old tennis thing, Gabriela Sabatini was attractive, for a tennis player, next to Martina Navratilova but she was sort of "rough" and masculine by regular female standards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good for her! She can drive better than any of us, she's attractive and you're lying if you say she isn't. Not that she's goddess but she is an attractive woman. So why no pose? I say Bravo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All I'm saying is when she first landed on the Indy scene she was a great role model for young girls...my kids interest in racing is directly due to Danica Patrick...I just hope exposure of this type doesn't turn them off racing. These SI photos are relatively tame, but combined with the recent godaddy spot she's going to become known for something other than a great race driver; I just wish she didn't have to stoop to things like this to boost her media exposure...but I suppose it's better than the Brittney Spears approach.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Daniel Tosh ripped on using female sports athletes as models, in his monologue he referred to how awkward Danica looks when she walks to her car. Oh and I cannot stand her personality, she's way too butch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I also completely lost respect for her as a race car driver. Oh well ...sex always sells and she might be trying to branch out in case her career as a racer goes in the dumpster. I can almost guarantee she will be featured in Playboy magazine soon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A few too many g's in the corners got her neck lookin all football player, but other than that she looks pretty darn good.

      I don't have a problem with her using what looks she has to sell stuff and make money. You never know when the racing and/or the looks are gonna be gone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't get all the haters here either. What is there to complain about? Pretty girl who can actually drive? (for sure she is a better driver then 99.9% of us here).

      Growing up, I remember having a huge crush on Michele Mouton and I am pretty sure Danica does it for current generation of adolescent boys.

      As for the looks, Milka Duno is way sexier - making ALMS a prettier place this season.

      • 6 Years Ago
      "I'll buy that for a dollar!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm on the fence about this one. The only thing she can do to answer all the naysayers is.....win.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Instead of your kids being interested in racing because of Danica, perhaps they should be interested in racing for the ... racing? It's cool they got into it because of Danica, but since you're their parent, aren't you supposed to be helping the keep perspective about it? Danica is going to do whatever she's going to do.

      Lots of negative stupidity being posted here -- this woman can outdrive any one of us noobs, and she is attractive (how about all you men saying she isn't post photos of yourselves?).

      I wish she would win Indy so people can shut the hell up about her. You don't get to that level nor run at the front like she has without talent.

      I think Milka Duno is good looking too.
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