• Feb 15, 2010
Danica Patrick at the 2010 Nationwide 300 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Despite a rather positive performance in her first outing in competition behind the wheel of stock car racer, Danica Patrick failed to wow the crowds at Daytona International Speedway last weekend after starting the race on the 15th spot on the grid. The disappointing 35th position she managed wasn't entirely her fault – Danica was unable to avoid a twelve-car pile-up on Lap 67 that was caused when Josh Wise was clipped by Colin Braun. Said Patrick after the race:
"The disappointing part is that I missed out getting the rest of my laps in – I think I had 50 laps to go – and the car was settling in and I was getting comfortable. I'm glad I got that second stint in but it's never fun to crash up a perfectly good car when it's not your fault."
The good news is that Danica was uninjured after her number seven car slammed into the outside wall. In fact, she was able to pilot the mangled machine back into the pits. The bad news, though, was that Danica's crew was unable to repair the damage and send her back out on track.

It should be noted, however, that this undesirable finish doesn't mean Danica has no future in NASCAR. After all, eventual race winner Tony Stewart – 2010 marks Stewart's third consecutive season-opening race win and his fifth in the last six years – didn't do all that much better in his first race when he finished 21st at Daytona way back in 1996. In other words, there's still plenty of racing ahead. We wish her luck.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      man so many of you guys are bitching about a girl that just happenens too be talked about alot when infact it was people like you that gave much intrest in the young woman which intern got the media too talk much about her. so guess what. STOP BITCHING ABOUT THE DAMN WOMAN

      and for those too say shes just average even those shes improved every year at indy. to say shes average is like saying the same for tony kannan,graham rahal,dan weldon, and marco andretti DUMB ASSES. sorry i was just pissed at some people.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and you do realize she finished in front of both of em in points cause 5th is better then 7th and 10th right
      • 4 Years Ago
      Spoiler Alert:A mediocre Indycar driver who is making her debut race in NASCAR had a DNF.


      Lots of other drivers had a DNF.I don't see the coverage mentioning that.And there were a couple of other drivers making their Nationwide debut as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it only me.? Or does anyone else think she looks like Eddie Munster when here hair is pulled back.?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nomar Garciaparra
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not disrespecting Danica's efforts and talent, but the press she's getting is like the fabled talking dog story: it's not that the dog says anything interesting, it's that it can talk in the first place that makes it a story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that article saying Tony Stewart won the Daytona 500? Because it was definitely Jamie McMurray who won. Tony Stewart finished 22nd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The article does not mention the Daytona 500 or the Nationwide series race on Saturday. It does say "Gallery > Danica Patrick at the Daytona 500" which is wrong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Danica is really a non story.

      - She wan't sucessful in the other series she ran. It's not like we have Michael Schumacher dropping in on the NASCAR series.
      - She isn't the first woman NASCAR driver so no new news there.
      - She isn't some supermodel in a race suit. Heck, she isn't even the hottest girl in motorsports (Ashley Force is way better, IMO)

      I have nothing against her but I just don't get all the attention.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WEll theres an idea...how would schummy be in a nascar? someone should try that, just for fun since he wont need the money
        • 4 Years Ago
        This post needs more than 3 stars
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd give this post 5 stars if I could.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn shame her every move is going to be so scrutinized by both fans and the press. I gotta hand it to her for even trying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @RJ

        I think you are blaming Danica and katshot for something that they didn't do.

        All Danica wants is to race in NASCAR and all katshot wants is for her to be judged on her driving. NASCAR and the media are responsible for the hype.

        Stop kidding yourself that all the other NASCAR drivers got to their level because they earned it, there are many drivers in NASCAR who don't deserve to be there. I can name names if you want.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enough about this Nascar hooker already.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So that makes every driver in the Sprint Cup a whore too?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Spoiler Alert: Appropriate headline once cup series goes back to spoiler from the wing.

      Not appropriate for a race that ended 2 days prior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB might want to change the caption on that photo, too.

      Danica didn't run in the Daytona 500, she drove in the Drive For COPD 300 Nationwide race and the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA race. There are big differences between those races.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog,

      It's utterly pointless to warn readers with a "spoiler alert" while at the same time use the words "doesn't exactly go as planned" in the same sentence. It does not take a genius to conclude that "doesn't exactly go as planned" could conceivably only mean one thing when talking about a rookie in her first race.

      Love,
      Joe
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought someone would mention there was ANOTHER woman racing at Daytona on Saturday, and to give them credit, Fox did. Only because she (Chrissy Wallace) was crashed on lap ONE.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And she has a famous name (Wallace),so I thought that would at least give her some notice.
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