NASCAR is regarded among professional drivers as the elite level car racing league. NASCAR is divided into separate series. The Nationwide Series (the lesser of the two “big dogs”) and the Sprint Cup Series (the elite). The perennial contenders for the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship are among the best drivers on the planet.
Indy Car celebrity Danica Patrick has long desired to race in the NASCAR series and got her chance when she announced in November 2011 that she would be signing on with JR Motorsports, one of racing’s biggest teams, to race a limited number of NASCAR circuit races.
The weekend of the 54th running of the Daytona 500, Patrick was given the opportunity by JR Motorsports to drive in three races this weekend for her Sprint Series debut in the Daytona 500 (the third of the races).
The first race was Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Gatorade 150 (Gatorade Duel), which is the qualifier for the Daytona 500. Patrick slammed into the wall on the last lap of the qualifier, wrecking her car.
The second race, Saturday February 25, 2012 was the Nationwide Series race at Daytona, where Patrick once again wrecked. This wreck was due to a teammate bumping the “Go Daddy” #7 car and sending Danica into a spin.
Finally, Patrick entered Monday’s Daytona 500 with hopes of a top finish in her Sprint Series debut.
It didn’t take long for her hopes to be dashed as she was involved in a six-car pile up on the very second lap of the race, leading to extensive damage to her car, and overall a 38th place finish in her debut.
I think it’s generally accepted that Danica Patrick is the worlds best female driver. You’ll get no dispute from me and I think you know where this is going.
Three races. Three crashes. One small step for mankind, one giant leap for men.