As Danica Patrick prepares for her first NASCAR Sprint Cup race next weekend in the Daytona 500, she's apparently taking advantage of the publicity to try to remediate her image. After seven years of promoting her attractiveness with nearly equal billing to her race driving acumen, Patrick has asked the media to quit calling her "sexy."

According to USA Today, Patrick said "If there is a pretty girl, (reporters) don't know how to describe her other than being sexy. It has such a negative connotation to it ... Why can't there be other words for it? Why does it have to be somewhat negatively twisted?"

Patrick was featured in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and has appeared in racy ads for her sponsor GoDaddy.com that also played up her looks. She has also made several "sexiest" lists, including one compiled by Victoria's Secret and two by FHM magazine.

Patrick's big break came in her first Indy 500 appearance, when she became the first woman to lead the race. She finished fourth that year, in the same position she qualified. Patrick raced in the Indy Racing League for seven years, while also competing in ARCA and NASCAR's Nationwide Series in 2010 and 2011 in preparation for this year's transition to Sprint Cup.


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      Roswell
      • 2 Years Ago
      She doesn't wanna be called sexy anymore?? Maybe she should put some clothes on?
      evannever
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was her not wearing makeup on TV at Daytona this past weekend an attempt to be called pretty, because I'm "pretty" sure it failed?
      petersonentvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well she isnt ugly and she does have sex appeal. However since she isnt exactly really pretty it is her body and mannerisms that get her attention and make her sexy not pretty so thats just how it is.
      rufus
      • 2 Years Ago
      yeah thats right, pose mostly naked and say she isn't posing sexy. jesus, how stupid is that.
      Chris Carey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would she prefer to be called "5"? because thats far more accurate when airbrushing is removed from the equation.
      revancha101
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would call her "pretty sexy"
      grace87944
      • 2 Years Ago
      She needs to concentrate on what she started out doing........racing. Her mind is not in racing anymore. If she EVER WINS a race, maybe she will stop doing these stupid modeling gigs. Sorry Danica, you can't have it all!
        Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @grace87944
        does the name Anna Kournikova ring a bell? She could not cut it as a tennis player so she reverted to modleing which is fine because she acts like a lady and gets treated like a lady. Patrick wants the best of both worlds because she stinks as a race car driver and will NEVER WIN so she may as well as model and stay out of the way .and shut UP!
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't care what you want to be called. Just don't scratch the Cobra.
      weldontn
      • 2 Years Ago
      SHE DOESN'T LIKE THE WORD SEXY BUT SHE HAS NO PROBLEM TAKING OFF MOST OF HER CLOTHES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS. IMAGINE THAT !
      harolddundee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who???
      chickenslatts
      • 2 Years Ago
      If she doesn't like being called sexy, she shouldn't wear that body.
      JBHALL
      • 2 Years Ago
      " The lady doth protest too much, methinks"
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