Racing legend Richard Petty thinks the only driving force “Go Daddy Girl” Danica Patrick has for her in NASCAR is her gender, and even went to far as to say that “the only way will ever win a NASCAR race is if she's competing against herself,” while attending the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto according to Wheels.ca which quoted him as stating, "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.”
However, Petty also added that Patrick is good for the NASCAR because she brings out fans, which “helps everybody in the sport."
It is important to remember, while Patrick has come up short during her rookie year in NASCAR finishing 27th in standings after wiling to finish in 5 out of 36 races, she was the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole during the Daytona 500 (where she finished 8th). turning in the fastest qualifying lap since 1990.
She also proved her metal as an Indycar driver placing 4th while still a rookie in the 2005 Indianapolis 500, and became the first woman to win a major open-wheel race when she captured the 2008 Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi Superspeedway in Japan