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Some people we'll just never understand. Like those who'll look at a high-performance sports car and ask, "But where are you going to drive it?" Or the cops in Scottsdale, Arizona, who have given a speeding ticket to Danica Patrick yet again.

Never mind that for many police officers, a pretty girl batting her eyes would be enough to, um, get off...with a warning. And Danica's a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, for crying out loud. But the IRL's perennial favorite driver, former rookie of the year, winner of the Japan 300 and potential future F1 pilot was only going 54 miles-per-hour. Granted, that it was in a 35 mph zone, but come on. Danica's used to going 200 with her silky hair on fire. The last time she got pulled over in Scottsdale (home to her sponsor GoDaddy.com), she was ticketed for going 57 in a 40 zone. We've heard it before, nobody's above the law, yadda yadda yadda.... but somehow, this just ain't right.



[Source: azcentral.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Do we know how many warnings she has? One, maybe 5, no one knows.
      Danica is supposed to be a good example, regardless of how fast she drives on the track. I'm with the cops on this one, I agree with the ticket.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah right JD... You & I are not "famous" so we can speed all we want, but she has fame, fortune & a racing license so she forfeits her right to have a private life?

        Modern cars/ trucks have excellent performance & handling capabilities. Light years better than their 50's-60's-70's cousins, yet most local speed limits were established in those eras & have remained UNCHANGED,

        Danica was not going 90-100MPH in a 35 or a 40 zone. Let's not try to paint her as some crazed, safety hazard... terrorizing the streets of Scottsdale, AZ. I'm sure most AB readers have "speed trap" tickets as part of their driving record.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know I shouldn't say this, but I would totally let her go!

      After she gave me an autograph for my six year old niece.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @AZZO

        So you think there should be one law for people with race driving experience and another law for everyone else? Sounds like tortured logic to me.

        Do me a favor and keep your asinine "logic" to yourself.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'll let her go after I speed on her.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd let her go...

        after I pop my cork...

        on her chest...
      • 6 Years Ago
      As I understand, the cop was going to let her go with a warning. But when he went back to his cruiser, he watched her spin out as she tried to pull away and stall her car, so he changed his mind.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes... she gets paid to go fast.... ON A TRACK. Not in residential areas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Story didn't say it was a "residential area". BTW, neighborhood speed limits are usually 25 MPH (not 35MPH).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Let's face it. Speed traps are nothing but revenue generating systems for the Governement. With the economy in freefall, local counties are forcing the LEO's to distribute even more citations. As someone mentioned, she might have even been caught by those infamous speed cameras. With falling tax revenues, I'm sure more of those things will go up in States across the country. We're in for some rough waters ahead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe AB is just being sarcastic, but I agree with the ticket. She's licensed to drive that way ON A TRACK. There's nothing mentioned about her being able to drive however she wants on the street.

      She doesn't deserve special treatment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I only read the first 20 comments but didn't see this: The skill of the driver exceeding the speed limit is not the point. It's the other law abiding drivers who fall victim to this selfindulgent act. Driving within the speed limit and interacting with surrounding traffic becomes dangerous when speeding vehicles unexpectedly arrive in the space you were planning to occupy. I can't tell you how many times I have entered an empty roadway and within a few seconds had another vehicle appear in my rear view mirror. This danger compounds itself at blind intersections. In the example here (54 mph in a 35 zone) every second places the speeding vehicle approximately 15 car lengths ahead of where other drivers operating at the speed limit have the right to expect it.

      I am sure that experience drivers reading this can find arguement but are you honest enough to add examples of the dangers of speeding to others driving the posted speed.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Why not have speed limit free zones in certain sections like thinly populated areas to cater to speed freaks?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even at 19 mph over the posted speed limit, she was probably driving better and attentive than 90% of the a-holes out there on the roads talking on their cellphones, drinking their Starbucks, putting on their makeup, reading the newspaper, digging in the seats for spare change, looking for a CD on the floor and receiving a FAX all while "driving" and I use the term "driving" loosely.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Oh, yeah. Watch them roll on the green light (that lasts 10 seconds) slower than an 18-wheeler, reach 35mph after half a mile and then ... break it to at least 45-50mph. Implicitly saying, in the process, FU to all motorists behind them who will get stuck with yet another red AND to the law. Yet, cops will do nothing.

        Somebody really needs to start teaching concept of "acceleration" vs "speed" in American driving education.

        And when I hear usual idiots on "10 tips to save fuel" topping the list with "accelerate slowly" instead of "buy more fuel efficient vehicle and DRIVE" - I really lose it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dunno, a ticket sounds alright. Compare that with triple F1 champion Nelson Piquet, who got a suspension...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. Senna had "speeding" issues. Lewis Hamilton had an issue in France in '07?

        I remember an old Autosport article where the journo conducted his interview with an 80's F1 driver.... This driver was heading to a PR function & was a tad behind schedule. The trip lasted aprox. 40 minutes, with the driver answering questions & recalling events at speeds of 160MPH!!! The article stated that the driver never dropped below 110MPH. The trip featured moderate traffic, & short non highway stretches, & a few off-ramps.

        Danica's ticket is a Scottsdale $$$ grab. Camera shouldn't replace a cop.
      • 6 Years Ago
      She isn't faster than anyone on the track, so she makes herself feel better by driving fast on the road.

        • 6 Years Ago
        You are thinking of Milka Duno... not Danica Patrick.

        If this was Marco Andretti or IRL Champion Scott Dixon... this wouldn't be a story.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another female driver in IRL/champ car (not sure what it was at the time) I believe completely out classed her and had a seat on Minardi(?) F1 test car and now raises in DTM series.

      Isn't praising Danica like praising the runner up? who does that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Simply making it to the DTM series is more impressive than anything Danica has done, no matter how much you want to tarnish her other achievements, Legge was and is superior.
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