Is Danica Patrick the Anna Kournikova of auto racing? That’s a very common analogy; and it’s easy to understand why. Both are very attractive looking women, who get excessive media coverage and endorsement deals due to their looks. It’s not because they’re actually good; or ever win anything.
Since Kournikova is long retired from tennis, we can leave here alone for now. And compare Danica Patrick to Tim Tebow.
Then again both Danica Patrick and Anna Kournikova have tramp stamps, so maybe the analogy holds. Patrick has made seven starts at Watkins Glen dating back to 2005.
Six of those starts came in the IZOD IndyCar Series and unfortunately won’t offer much assistance to Patrick as she competes in Sunday’s 355k at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. Danica Patrick did compete in last year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen, but she finished 43rd after Ryan Truex spun in front of her on the start. She could not avoid his spinning car and made heavy contact with his machine. It was part of a memorable, if not downright strange, three-race Nationwide Series road course experience for Patrick last season.
That’s how it’s been for Danica lately- lots of finishes in the 20s and 30s. She’s just about as good as….Tim Tebow.
And we never ever stop hearing about Tim Tebow. Even though he’s terrible. Awful. Just a pathetic QB.
So both Danica Patrick and Tebow get a zillion times more coverage than they deserve. Patrick’s only Sprint Cup Series start on a road course came two months ago when she started 31st and finished 29th at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway. She and the GoDaddy team are hoping that a productive test July 30 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., will help them to a solid finish at one of the most famous racetracks in the world. Just how many times to read that about One Lap Downica: you see the finish for Danica Patrick, it’s quite often 29th, 31st, 43rd etc.
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, a Fox Sports affiliate. He is also an analyst for 95.7 The Fan, and writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows his Twitter account (@PaulMBanks)