Petty says she can go fast, but can't race
Poor Danica Patrick gets very little respect in the racing world. She has been accused of being nothing but a pretty face and more of a PR stunt than a real racing driver. The world of NASCAR is certainly a boys club for the most part with Patrick being the first and only female driver in the series. Recently a former legendary driver named Richard Petty offered up a few of his opinions on Danica.
Petty is 76 years old and during his NASCAR career he won 200 races. Petty also owns his own racing team. Petty is quoted as saying that Patrick might win "If everybody else stayed home." Despite having a rather poor outlook on her driving capability, Petty did admit that he thought Patrick was good for the sport reports the Chicago Tribune.
"If she'd been a male, nobody would ever know if she'd showed up at a race track," Petty said. "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," he said. "She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport."
Patrick currently drives for the Stewart-Haas Racing team and finished 27th in the points standings without a single victory during the season and with one top ten finish. 2013 was her first full season in the Sprint Cup series.
"I don't have a problem with her being a marketing machine," Kyle Petty said. "She can go fast, but she can't race."