Danica Patrick Talks About Her Luck After Crash

By: Amanda Crum - March 17, 2014

Danica Patrick says that the “luck of the Irish” must have been with her during the NASCAR Sprint Cup practice on Sunday, when she crashed and was forced to use a backup car for the duration of the race. The accident caused her to lose valuable practice time, but things could have been much worse, she acknowledged.

“I only had fourth gear, so that’s why I hit Clint (Bowyer) in the pits,” Patrick said. “I hit Clint in the pits. It wouldn’t go. I dipped the clutch and it got sideways, and when it caught it went straight and it wouldn’t stop.”

The 31-year old tipped her hat to her Irish ancestors on Twitter, saying she had some luck on her side.

Patrick has had her share of detractors, namely Richard Petty, who has not minced words when it comes to his feelings about her talent on the course. Just because she can go fast, he sayd, doesn’t mean she’s a good driver.

“That’s where I have a problem,” he said on SPEED’s “Race Hub” last year. “Where fans have bought into the hype of the marketing, to think she’s a race car driver. She can go fast, and I’ve seen her go fast. She drives the wheels off it when she goes fast…she’s not a race car driver. There’s a difference. The King always had that stupid saying, but it’s true, ‘Lots of drivers can drive fast, but very few drivers can race.’ Danica has been the perfect example of somebody who can qualify better than what she runs. She can go fast, but she can’t race.”

It hasn’t affected Patrick’s ability to garner fans, however; she recently became the first NASCAR driver to surpass 1 million followers on Twitter, a feat even Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn’t accomplished.

“It just shows what incredible and loyal fans I have,” she said. “It’s pretty humbling that 1 million people are curious about what I have to say and what I’m doing. I really can’t thank everyone enough for their passion and interest.”

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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  • https://twitter.com/Curtzo604 Curtzo

    Ricky Bobby went fast and did quite well…

  • Richard White

    Tony Stewart said that he wanted to arrange a race between her and the King. The King accepted the challenge, and we have heard nothing more about it from Stewart or Miss Fuzzy Britches. Go ahead Tony, put your girl out there against a 76 year old man so he can show her how it is done.

    • L Martinez

      Who is Tony Stewart?
      Anyway, age automatically means experience and wisdom. I guess The King ( whomever he is, unless he is Elvis) knows more than anyone. Why should he bother with a dumb brunette?

      • Richard White

        Tony Stewart is her car owner, the King is Richard Petty. The King has not been in a race car in twenty years, and has made no secret of his contempt for Miss Danica. Petty does not have a problem with women in race cars, his problem is all of the attention given to her when other drivers have done much more and have more ability.

  • david pope

    richard petty was right. danika was brought in just for the looks she has and bring in more money. the first 2 years she was here she was given very good cars and did not produce any wins. 90% of the time she finishes in the mid 20’s. she also causes alot of the wrecks that take her out.. she has no business being in sprintcup series. you can tell that her being there has become a event they talk about when nothing else is available.. it would have been nice to have put a real talented woman in for the first female. i would have cheered her on myself

  • pete

    nice eye candy, sucks as a driver!

  • SimplyOrange

    More than a year ago when Danica won the Pole position for some big race, feminist journalists put her up on the pedestal thinking she could be then next Billy Jean King. I don’t even know much about her skills, but from what I read, she hasn’t pleased the faminists who just like her rely on hot looks for attention and getting that big break. Earn the fame with your talent, not with your tits and ass.

    • L Martinez

      Only pseudo feminists think that Danica Patrick should be pedestaled for “Being both pretty and a good driver.” That’s a naive point of view.
      None of the male drivers are said to be “Good looking and good race-car drivers.”
      They either are good race-car drivers or not.
      The sad fact is that she did make her name more on being a stereotype female who poses seductively.
      To be fair, she is held to a different standard because she is a female. Her racing ability alone would not have gotten her the fame she obtained, and she must have been influenced by her promoters to do all those damned photos. They get money out of that too. Perhaps if she were allowed to just concentrate on driving and not be put to pay any attention to trying to appeal to stupid people (I am putting it mildly) who will complain that she should try to be prettier and feminine (etc etc, ad-nauseum), she might get somewhere in the car-racing world.
      She is just a cheap sensation.
      She might have done what no other female driver has done in terms of race-car driving, but she just became the Justin Beiber of the sport.

      It is really a shame