Nascar Dover Auto RacingRichard Petty (pictured above) made some rather disparaging remarks about IndyCar veteran and current NASCAR driver Danica Patrick (inset) while at the Canadian Motorsports Expo, implying that the 31-year-old could only win a NASCAR race if the rest of the field stayed home. Patrick's best NASCAR finish was eighth place at the 2013 Daytona 500, where she recorded the first pole position for a woman in the sport. She also led the race briefly.

"If she'd have been a male, nobody would ever know if she'd showed up at a race track," Petty told Wheels.ca. "This is a female deal that's driving her. There's nothing wrong with that, because that's good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport."

Patrick's sole race win was an IndyCar victory in 2008 at Twin Ring Motegi. She moved to a full schedule in the junior varsity NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012, where she finished the season tenth, with seven top tens and a pole. Patrick jumped to a full Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2013, finishing her rookie season in 27th position.


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      TwinTurbo3oooGT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everything he said is true. Sometimes the truth hurts.
      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gender shouldn't matter, results do.
      Jazzor
      • 1 Year Ago
      ""If she'd have been a male, nobody would ever know if she'd showed up at a race track. This is a female deal that's driving her. There's nothing wrong with that, because that's good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport." Good God, someone give this man a recognition for actually having a brain and using it!!! You couldn't be more right Mr. RP! you couldn't be any more right!
        brianXL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jazzor
        If he had a brain he'd know that we've all known it for years. She's shown herself to be competent, but not a top-tier driver. She's not the only one in the field either, but because she's a woman we're having this discussion. Bottom line is, she's marketable and has the cash so she gets the seat.
          fordskydog
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brianXL
          I wouldn't go so far as to say she has shown herself to be competent... If I were running a race team, you can bet I wouldn't be calling her first for the driver position...
      johnhkart
      • 1 Year Ago
      There were some good drives at plate tracks and an amazing drive at Martinsville , but she can't possible last at this level finishing 3-4 laps down and 34th every week.
        Yost
        • 1 Year Ago
        @johnhkart
        If she doesn't show improvement then I am sure that she will wash out. But she will get more time because of the attention she brings to Go Daddy.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't watch NASCAR nor do I care much about it, but I am curious how she compares to other "average" male drivers out there. AB wrote that her best finish was 8th at Daytona last year - would other drivers be blasted or praised if they had a similar record as she does?
      fordskydog
      • 1 Year Ago
      27th position...
      ffelix422
      • 1 Year Ago
      I completely agree with Mr. Petty. Danica was always about marketing, viewership and ticket sales. And frankly, as a driver (male or female) she's nothing great.
      Rayge
      • 1 Year Ago
      The man is telling the truth. I don't see what the deal is. People are starting to turn into a bunch of pansies where no one can speak their mind about anything. It's starting to really get annoying.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least he's an honest and open bigoted pig. This dude's misogyny is out of this world, has anyone ever questioned that fact? Seriously, anyone who likes this dude does not matter in any way, shape or form decent people care about. Harsh truth.
        somebodysomeone
        • 1 Year Ago
        @purrpullberra
        He told the harsh truth. If she were a man she would have been gone long ago.
        David MacGillis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @purrpullberra
        You can always tell when the truth has been told because it brings out the words like \"bigot\" and \"misogony\". The truth can be painful but acceptance is the first step in recovery.
      Steve K
      • 1 Year Ago
      Danica Patrick is a joke. A man with her talent level wouldn't have a ride. She only has a ride because some people (who must like the body of 12 year old boys) think she's hot. She's a marketing machine, nothing more. And before anyone accuses me of hating women drivers Simona Di Silvestro is completely the real deal. She's there on pure talent beating her vastly more experience Tony Kanaan on many occasions last year and not just because of some 1M/1 fuel economy freak of luck, but on speed. Katherine Legg is another massive female talent. Unfortunately, neither of them are stripper material for GoDaddy, so instead the world is subjected to little miss brat pouting up and down pit lane and needing constant coaching over the radio so she won't start crying while her coach must want to blow his brains out.
        jfa1177
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve K
        QFT all the way. Courtney Force is another good driver as well.
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jfa1177
          Now Courtney could do some GoDaddy commercials...
        scott3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve K
        Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson both were much better drives in secondary cars than Danica. Too bad they never got the ride she has now as they would have gone far. Lynn St James even did better in Indy, IMSA and Trans Am.
      Juan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Mr. Petty's remarks are wrong. Even if no one showed up for the Danica would find a way to wreck her car.
      deman19901
      • 1 Year Ago
      The OWG's hate everybody. Whether it be minorities, women, gays etc. Always complaining about they want the old America back. Translation: no rights for blacks and women in the kitchen.
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