• Feb 8th 2010 at 8:58AM
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Danica qualified 12th for her first NASCAR race, the ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 held at Daytona Raceway. After a lot of bumping, a few runs through the infield, a skid or two, a race stoppage, a lot of time in the pits and a lot of running on the outside line, she finished the race in sixth.

Ironically her biggest off came courtesy of the also-new-to-NASCAR Nelson Piquet, Jr.. He qualified seventh and climbed up to sixth at one point, but bumped Danica and sent her down to 24th when she rejoined after having her car repaired. Piquet would find more ways to get in trouble before the chequered flag and finish in 27th.

Patrick was lauded by her entire team and a few others as well. It is said that part of the reason she spent so much time on the outside line was being nervous about such close racing, but sixth place is still sixth place. Based on that performance, the only female driver ever to win an IRL race confirmed that she will make her official NASCAR debut next weekend in the Nationwide Series race – that's the race just before the Daytona 500. There she'll get much more intense instruction that "rubbing is racing."

[Source: Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated | Image: Sam Greenwood/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      She definitely knows how to drive a car. Very impressive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's so special about her now that she's in NASCAR?

      You never covered NASCAR before... so now you're going to cover it cause she's in it?

      Don't get me wrong, she did a great job, but I fail to see how this is news worthy in comparison to say a rookie driver in NASCAR who comes out in 2nd in his first race, which would never get covered here.

      Seems to me that you guys are just leaning on the fact that she's a woman to generate news. As a racecar driver, I hope she has the mindset that it doesn't matter if you have testosterone or hormones, a good driver is a good driver, and that's all that matters.

      As Steve McQueen said:

      Racing is life. Anything that happens either before... or after... is just waiting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "As a racecar driver, I hope she has the mindset that it doesn't matter if you have testosterone or hormones, a good driver is a good driver, and that's all that matters."

        She is an awesome driver and proved she can drive multiple cars in different types of races, so that makes this news, race car driver. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        you are absolutely right, autoblog likes to hoe out on cheap news
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I hope she has the mindset that it doesn't matter if you have testosterone or ESTROGEN"

        There, I fixed that for you.

        Everyone has hormones - and really everyone has testosterone and estrogen... it's just that men have high levels of the former and women have high levels of the latter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Major Geek,

        Juan Pablo Montoya proved that he can drive multiple types of cars, yet he never received this treatment from Autoblog. Yet in a way it's not fair to single out just AB because the whole media treated her at Daytona like she just achieved world peace.

        Back on topic, i was one of the skeptics and as how she would do in a stock car. She actually wasn't too bad. Now it's time to see how she will handle the big stage. One thing is for sure, none of the contenders would probably draft with her.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Women have testosterone and men have estrogen. And are "testosterone" and "hormones" supposed to be mutually exclusive? Testosterone is a hormone...take your rant some place else.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Fair enough. I am not a huge racing fan, I think that she has gotten such huge publicity, it is hard for most news outlets to not report on it. 2 things you don't see a lot of in racing (well mostly Nascar), women and African Americans, so seems like the sensationalism of it sells.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was impressed. Good jorb Danica.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought she drove excellent. Had she not gotten knocked back she would probably have done even better. Pretty soon she'll be screaming and throwing her helmet at the person who wrecked her like the rest of them. It's a good thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Caught the last 30 laps, she was very aggressive. Quite well suited for this type of racing. She'll be up in Sprint Cup before season's end.

        Good drive Danica.
      • 5 Years Ago
      true that bruce lee

      and hey subie yota thats called DRAFTING it can happen when your behind a car that punches a big whole for you to follow through thus making you faster so you can pull up on them and bump-push them to the front.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was not a fan of even letting her have a chance, there are alot of other STOCK CAR drivers looking for a shot. I dont think she is ready, but.....she did a good job. When she started toward the back a drove to 5th...wow, ok she doing very very good. I want to see her at bristol or martinsville, but so far so good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aren't there any other female drivers the media can adopt or is she the racing chick messiah? What a bunch of pathetic leg humpers. The local 8 year old girls at our kart track no more about car setup and racing than she does.

      She's in a Hendrick run car in ARCA. Wait until she runs with the big dogs and we'll see how see does. Till she proves she can win in a credible series I'm not going to worship at her feet just because she is mildy attractive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ bob - I agree. I was also curious why she decided to start slamming doors with Ricky Carmichael there in the last couple of laps. Guess when it comes down to it, that bump got her into 6th.

        For the non stock-car fans - yes, that Ricky Carmichael - #4, The Greatest of All Time - yeah he's running stock cars these days too, and running relatively well for a 2 season newbie.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You and Vespid82 have a point that ARCA is NOT toying with the big boys. However, as a former racer I can tell you that any level of racing has its provinground. To do as well as she did shows she is a driver. Nobody walks into this level and runs to the front without a learning curve. Witness Montoya, Logano, and other superheros of competition prior to entry in NASCAR and their learning experiences. If she finishes without being or causing a wreck she is already ahead of 99.99% of the curve. Good luck, and have a safe start. Cowboybob.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good job Danica... I see Piquet is still doing what he does best: bumping & crashing his way to 27th... pathetic...
      • 5 Years Ago
      And just for the record, the level of competition in Sprint Cup is MUCH different than ARCA. She'll sink like a rock with the lack of drafting knowledge she already showed in the ARCA race.

      Mark my words.

      Also, you all DO realize that image is of her spinning out coming through the tri-oval... not a burnout, right? lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Vespid: Exactly why do you thing she is in ARCA? There to LEARN. by the time she makes it to Spring Cup, she will have LEARNED all that she needs to know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe this is really news worthy to prove that this is not a "marketing gimmick".
      And yes, ARCA doesn't have the level of competition as NASCAR; however, the important thing that Danica showed in the race was her grit, and also showed that she has a great potential to succeed in stock cars.

      @vespid82- the only thing that Danica didn't know about drafting is "you need 'friends' to do it", and I'm sure she had a great chance of winning it IF Patrick Sheltra drafted with her when 'she went to race for the lead'.

      @HotShoesStudio- are you kidding us?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Danica's Super Bowl commercials were kinda lame this year. Vote for your fave car ad from the game here:
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you're not first your last

      -Ricky Bobby
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still don't understand why some people thinks F1 has the best drivers when it has been proven that F1 is the least competitive kind of motorsport?

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