Sunday, February 16, 2014

Petty is correct with his assessment of Patrick

From where I sit it looks like Richard Petty is right...

It's got nothing to do with sexism. It's got to do with an accurate assessment of driving acumen. Danica Patrick is not a top flight racer. In the past decade she has been in 238 races with 1 win. Motgei in Japan in 2008. Patrick has had 6 poles, 3 fastest laps and 6 podium finishes. That's it. In a decade. As comparison, Simona de Silvestro in the last 5 years has produced 5 wins and 6 podiums. It should also be noted that de Silvestro has just signed on with Formula 1's Sauber with an eye on making her debut next season. My daughter will be watching carefully to see how she does. Yes, Danica is a great role model for young girls wanting to get into racing. There's no question about that. However, she should be open to criticism just like the other drivers on the track. The fact that Petty's comments immediately provoked accusations of sexism, as opposed to agreement shows there's still a long way to go before equality is reached.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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