A person doesn't need to be able to drive a train to identify a train wreck.
Danica Patrick is just good public relations and press for a struggling NASCAR organization.
"Train wreck". I'm not sure of your point. Without knowing the circumstances and qualifications of the engineer at the throttle, and without knowledge of proper operation of controlling a locomotive with consist, would one be able to critique or criticize that engineer who was involved in the wreck? True, one without such knowledge can easily identify a train wreck, much as one who is not a licensed pilot can identify an aircraft, or someone who is not a veterinarian can point out a cow.
"Good public relations"? No matter who won the pole, NASCAR would put a positive spin on the subject. Old favorite, young gun, rising star, low-budget team, whatever. That's business, and NASCAR is a business.
I think too many people are members of the good ol' boy, he-man woman hater's club who just don't want womenfolk out there messin' with racecars. I mean, what if they actually win? You know, like Shirley Muldowney or Courtney Force? Golly, then the world might end!!!
Danica Patrick is probably not the most skilled racecar driver who has ever walked the face of this Earth, and I am NOT a big fan, but she does have the balls, skills, knowledge, etc, to drive open-wheeled and full-fendered racecars at speeds approaching (if not exceeding) 200 MPH as a profession and make a good living. Not very many people at all do have or have had that skill set. I tried it once for fun and while I would do it again for fun, I sure as hell wouldn't want to do it for a living.
Edited by johnbuzzed, 19 February 2013 - 10:00 AM.