Danica Patrick is brushing off Richard Petty's negative comments about her lack of skill as a NASCAR driver. Patrick basically said that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Richard Petty put Danika Patrick as a woman who will never win a race on the NASCAR circuit, which is just fine with him because she brings a lot of attention to the races. Petty said that Patrick only gets attention because she is a woman.
If she had been a male, "nobody would ever know if she'd showed up at the racetrack," said Petty, according to the Huffington Post on Feb. 10. He continued with, "This is a female deal that's driving her."
As far as Patrick winning a race, Petty said the only time she will have a chance at winning is "if everybody else stayed home." Petty still has his hand in the NASCAR events as he still maintains partial control of Richard Petty Motorsports. He held nothing back when sizing up what Patrick brings to NASCAR in his opinion.
Petty spewed his thoughts on Patrick and her skill, or lack of it, as a NASCAR driver during an interview with a Canadian radio station, reports "Fox and Friends" live on Tuesday morning.
While Petty doesn't consider Patrick a winning driver, he does however welcome all the attention she's brought to the sport. This brings more fans and with more fans there's more money in the sport.
Patrick enters her second year in NASCAR as she heads to Daytona International Speedway this week. Last year she finished eighth at Daytona after being the first woman in NASCAR ever to win the top starting spot for the Daytona 500.
Criticism of Patrick seems to run in the Petty family. Last year, Richard Petty's son Kyle Petty, a former driver, called Patrick a "marketing machine." He says she can go fast, but she is not a race car driver. It looks like the Petty's live up to their last name as they get petty with Danika Patrick.
This isn't the first time Patrick's run up against critics and it probably won't be the last. She hasn't had much interaction with Petty other than posing in a picture with him at the beginning of a NASCAR event a few years back, according to USA Today on Feb. 13.
Danika Patrick said:
"I still say the same thing: Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. People will judge what he said, whether they judge it well or not, and I'm just not going to (judge)."