• Jul 20, 2009
IndyCar starlet Danica Patrick has been rumored to be pondering a switch to Formula One even before talk of a USF1 grand prix team first surfaced many months ago. However, the 27-year-old has had opportunities to test cars from the series in the past, but she may not be interested, as she turned down the chance to demonstrate an F1 car at Indianapolis back in 2005, and she apparently didn't reply to a drive invitation extended by Honda chief Nick Fry last year.

A new interview with The Los Angeles Times quotes Patrick as saying that she's never been approached by USF1 team principals Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor, who are reportedly keen on having American drivers to go along with their U.S. made cars. Further, she seems more intrigued by the idea of switching over to the heavier, lower-tech full-bodied racers of NASCAR than she is in racing in the global open-wheel series. Some have suggested that Patrick might have difficulty adjusting to the series' vehicles as well as the demanding length of the season, but the star says she has the stuff to make a go of it:
"Of course I do, because I believe in my ability. Any time I've been tested and put in a car, in something I've never driven before. . . . I've always done really well. It's going to take some getting used to. But I can't make everyone think I'm a good driver."
Interestingly, Patrick has long been noted for her headstrong personality, but she says she would consider taking the advice of others and enter into NASCAR via one of its secondary series instead of jumping headlong into the top-draw Nextel Cup:
"At some point you have to stop being naive and stop being stubborn and listen to people, so if that's the route I go, I would be open to doing some lower-formula stuff. I would take that advice."
In any case, Patrick clearly has yet to make up her mind. What do you think – will she jump ship to NASCAR? And if so, will that be a good move for her? Drop us a line in 'Comments.' Thanks for the tip, Eric!

[Source: The Los Angeles Times | Image: Chris McGrath/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      She needs to read the article that former 3-time IRL champ Sam Hornish Jr. wrote in Road & Track in the previous issue. He stated the transition from a car half the weight and twice the downforce to a NASCAR machine was the hardest thing he has even done in his career. In 116 IRL race Hornish had 19 wins and 27 podiums. In the 50 or so NASCAR races he has 3 top tens and and average finish of 27th. Maybe she should ask former F1 World Champ Jaques Villeneuve about his NASCAR efforts or maybe Dario Franchitti about his?

      If she went to the lower series first she may fair better. However I don't see her having the humility to go the JPM route and run the lower divisions of NASCAR first. In NASCAR communication between the driver and crew is what makes and breaks drivers. There isn't telemetry to tell the crew whats wrong with the car, the driver has to tell the crew. (That and the pit stops are what I like NASCAR, the racing itself...meh)

      In the end I think she'll go to NASCAR for a 4 year contract and be back in the IRL in 3 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As I prefer open wheel racing I hope she stays in Indy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If she can only win 1 race in what 4 seasons what makes her think she can race in Nascar. Out of all the open wheel racers that went to Nascar only Tony Stewart has made an impact.
        • 5 Years Ago
        She's getting a little long in the tooth to be a starlet...she ought to do well in NASCAR.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Woot my tip worked.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And you've won how many.......? Yeah. Didn't think so. She's not great, but I'd love to be have the opportunity she does. But she'd better stay away from NASCAR. That series blows.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I enjoy seeing her career move forward and rack up failure after failure. Put her in F1 so the World can laugh at her, put her in NASCAR so their fans can laugh at her, keep her in Indy so they can all laugh at her. It doesn't matter in the end, she has no talent, is only mildly attractive and that is only until she opens her pie hole and ruins that. She is the Michelle Wie of racing and I enjoy seeing both of them crash and burn. If you want to bring women up you don't do it by sucking so bad and then complaining. She has been given every opportunity to prove herself just like Ashley ForceHood, but never has delivered. Am I sexist? Probably, but there are plenty of other drivers both male and female that deserve her spot more than she does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      She is an average driver at best. If she were less attractive, would we even having this conversation?

      //for the record I don't find her all the good looking. Something about her eyes is not right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Personally, I think USF1 should shoot for Montoya. He's not American by birth, but you can't deny his talents, or his F1 experience
      • 5 Years Ago
      Danica in f1... my office mates want to know why i'm laughing so hard. She would do well in NASCAR. Maybe not winning races but publicity would be good for her and the team.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, if she had gone to Honda F1, she would probably be winning. This is because the difference between the fast and slowest car is around 5 times the difference between the fastest and slowest driver. Eg. slow driver + fast car = win, fast driver + slow car = loose.

      • 5 Years Ago
      NASCAR is like a Male Soap Opera. Adding her would just add more drama and better ratings. I'm all for that.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Is not for being a machist, but I hope she doesn't get hire. She is like Juan Pablo Montoya but with boobs and no talent.

      She would be better in Nascar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So she's a fat Columbian with a great sense of humor? Wow, mut be thinking of a different Danica. But, really she's hot. Better than Legge anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If she raced nascar, would they force her to wear 'daisy dukes' for all of the photo sessions?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah, Montoya has bigger boobs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope she goes with NASCAR
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't make the grade in F1.
        • 5 Years Ago
        would be nice for USF1 if she drives for them, they won't run for the championship the first season anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In order to satisfy Oswald Mosley's son, you must wear nothing except a black armband with a swastika on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am just amazed at how cruel people can be, for whatever reason and there are some sad ones here. What have you done with your life that makes so many of you capable of judging someone elses career? This is the BS that she has been hearing and breaking through for most of her life. Here she is in 5th in the overall standings of the IRL. The highest for a US driver and the best of her four car team, just three points from a three time Indy 500 winner. Just let the driver race, wherever she lands!

      I hope she stays in the IRL for now for an Indy 500 win and a championship. Hopefully, she can test the waters in the other series in the meantime.
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