Don’t be fooled. By all measures that really count with Danica, it was a great year.... She mentioned mechanical issues, bad luck and the ever-popular “learning curve” that young drivers have to go through. But a lot of teams can bemoan bad luck, mechanical woes and a dog eating their spare tire. As for that nasty NASCAR learning curve, let’s see how some other big names handled it.Personally, I want to see Danica compete in MMA. Forget NASCAR, THAT would be real entertainment. And I don't see why the sports media seems to think people will be entertained by watching women compete ineptly with men. Wouldn't it be absolutely hilarious to see men playing on women's soccer, basketball, and volleyball teams?
Jimmie Johnson had eight races in the Busch series (now Nationwide) before moving up to the big circuit. He had three wins and 21 top-10s in his rookie season. He was 26.
Jeff Gordon raced two years in the Busch series. In his first Winston Cup year, he had seven top fives and 11 top-10s. He was 21.
Kyle Busch spent two years in Nationwide. In his rookie Sprint Cup year, he had nine top-fives and 11 top 10s. He was 21.
Joey Logano spent 15 minutes in Nationwide. He had three top fives and seven top 10s. He was 19.
Danica had 58 Nationwide races before this season, going a tidy 0 for 58. If you add Sprint, Nationwide and Indy races, she is now 1 for 221 (that winning coming in Japan).
And let's not forget the hypergamy. Who is even remotely surprised that Ms Patrick abandoned her husband for a fellow NASCAR driver? What a pity one can't get odds on that sort of thing. Women often lament that men are less than supportive of their careers and enthusiastic about their success, well, perhaps if there was not a reasonable expectation that their success would result with the end of the marriage or romantic relationship, they would understand this lack of enthusiasm.