Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, had the best finish of any member of the SHR team in Las Vegas yesterday. It was the first race on this young season that Danica completed. No wrecking this weekend! No crashes!Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, has Go Daddy as her primary sponsor. On October 18th she announced during a press conference at Talladega Superspeedway her new secondary sponsor, Aspen Dental. They will sponsor her car at Las Vegas and Atlanta in 2014.
Here’s a shot of the Aspen Dental #10Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick wrecked not one, but two cars during the inaugural week of the 2014 NASCAR season. She crashed during Speedweek in preparation for the Daytona 500 and then got caught up in a 12 car pile up which was not her own doing during the Great American Race. This week in Phoenix she again wrecked in an accident which was again not her doing.
Although it should be noted that Danica was in fact “1 lap Downica” at the time, running 24th and one lap down.Follow paulmbanks
Alex Morgan and Danica Patrick content has been really good to me. My material on both of these young star female athletes has delivered the goods in the page views and the SEO department. Therefore, I don’t want to be too harsh on Danica or Alex Morgan. And I’m not going to. I’m criticizing the PR person/publicist/press agent etc. who does their tweeting for them. I’m not criticizing Patrick or Morgan themselves.
Danica Patrick just hit 1 million on followers on Twitter the yesterday, the first NASCAR driver to ever hit that mark. It made me wonder why so many people follow her, despite the fact that her account has zero news value about 90% of the time.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick finished 27th in the standings last year (there are usually 43 cars running in each Sprint Cup) during her first season of full time Cup racing. So it’s fitting that she started 27th at the Daytona 500. She got caught up in a wreck that was not her fault (GIF here) and it led to a 37th place finish. She also wreck during Speedweeks, so not totaling two cars at Phoenix would be a step in the right direction.
Not crashing one car in an upgrade in itself.Follow paulmbanks
It’s not news that Danica Patrick is polarizing. She immensely popular, looked up to by little girls everywhere and the perfect corporate pitchwoman. Big business and the media love her. Hard core NASCAR fans hate her. They’re sick of all the media attention she gets. They abhor the idea of someone who finished 27th in the standings last year with an average finish of 26th, gets more attention than everybody else, especially the drivers who are good.
Remember this statistic. Career Cup race victories, Jimmie Johnson 66, Danica Patrick 0. Yet how much more visible is Danica than JJ?
Exactly, that’s where this backlash comes from.Follow paulmbanks
Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Dale Jr. (or even Junior if you will) said “this isn’t the first time it’s happened,” in reference to Michael Waltrip Racing trying to manipulate a race.
“I don’t think we need to beat on Clint (Bowyer) and MWR too much because it’s been done before,” Dale Jr. said in Chicago at NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Media Day this afternoon.
Dale Jr. was answering questions from reporters on Saturday night and Clint Bowyer’s “accidental” spin out. After Bowyer spun out, NASCAR threw a caution and race leader Ryan Newman lost his lead after pitting. There were a few other hijinks surrounding all of this, but I’m not going to get into any more detail because it’s what everyone in the auto racing world has been talking about all week.
So you know what happened.Follow paulmbanks
Twitter is buzzing about the Daytona 500 wreck that is yet another setback for a Daytona 500 that was delayed for several hours due to severe weather conditions. The Daytona 500 wreck included Danica Patrick, who was spun into running head-on into an unprotected retaining wall at nearly 200 mph.
It was not Danica’s fault, she was an innocent bystander in the 12-car pile up on the 146th lap.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick got up caught in a multi-car accident and finished 16th, after starting 12th in the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night at Daytona. She did run as high as fourth during part of the race, she started 12th, but was involved in a lap 35 accident along with Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, here boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and her SHR teammates Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch.Follow paulmbanks
Before and after every race, Danica Patrick, and every NASCAR driver for that matter, send out “an interview” to their media mailing lists. There’s a race recap and preview sent to journalists in which the driver is interviewed and “quoted.” I have to use “quoted” and “an interview” in “air quotes” because these media packets are prepared statements.
They’re written by PR people so I’m guessing that most, or at least some of these quotes are fake, as they’re “said” by press agents not, buy the driver. Think of it as official Twittter accounts. You know that’s not the actual celebrity doing the tweeting, it’s a impression management professional. These “advances” and “recaps” are no different.Follow paulmbanks
Danica Patrick knows she’s a polarizing figure. She’s well aware of all her critics. It’s understandable, given that Danica Patrick is the most well known of NASCAR drivers, despite the fact that she finished 27th in the standings this past Cup season. Patrick had an average finish of 26th place.
“The King” Richard Petty has bashed Danica before, but not quite like this.Follow paulmbanks
There are some major format changes in the NASCAR Cup Chase format. The Chase is the NASCAR postseason, for those of you who are auto racing neophytes. The announcements were made during the annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, which include a Town Hall-style question and answer period, breakout interviews with NASCAR executives, the introduction of the 2014 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class and an update on Daytona International Speedway’s Daytona Rising project (the renovations/enhancements to the Daytona Speedway)
It was a pretty significant day for the sportFollow paulmbanks