Danica Patrick’s place in sports lore is beyond reproach at this point. Her accomplishments leave her in rarified air that few can truly compete with.
That said, none of Patrick’s successes make her bulletproof from social media.
And this week, NASCAR fans online got very upset with her.
On Sunday, Patrick appeared in the booth in Phoenix offering her unique brand of commentary. While there, she ran afoul of the viewers at home with her incessant commenting on Indy Car racing.
Danica Patrick is terrible in the booth. I don’t need the Indy Car comparisons when she actually decides to speak
— Racin Khantz (@racingkhantz) March 13, 2022
Danica said “Indy Car” . . . Drink up! 🍻🤣
— ChaseArmy (@ChaseArmy1) March 13, 2022
I liked her at Vegas, as a guest, but she’s kind of dull and yeah enough with the Indy stuff. The trio itself is dull really. Clint needs someone in the booth with him that can match his energy and humour. I fell asleep literally listening to them yesterday
— Christine Neufeld (@cneufeld24) March 14, 2022
LMAO @ClintBowyer telling Danica to quit talking about what they do in Indy cars.😂😂😂
— Gotsumpnferya (@gotsumpnferya) March 13, 2022
That said, some people did come to her defense:
I don’t think the issue is Danica. Clint Boyer seems intimidated by Danica so she’s telling the world she’s raced in open wheel as well as NASCAR. Clint just NASCAR. Danica has been more successful in Indy vs Jimmie Johnson 7 time NASCAR champ, I’m a Jimmie J. Fan BTW.
— hadenough (@hadenou38378180) March 14, 2022
Overall, though — tough crowd.
Big picture, Patrick broke a lot of barriers as a female pro race car driver and is inarguably the most successful woman to ever participate in open-wheel racing.
That earns her the right to throw her hat into the mix as far as commentary. However, if the public doesn’t like her – you have to let the market decide for itself who it wants in the booth.
Whether Patrick is posting suggestive pictures that do ridiculous engagement or putting ex-boyfriend Aaron Rodgers in his place on social media, she always has a tendency to go viral. What happened this week was just more of the same.
Now that’s how you celebrate a honeymoon. https://t.co/E9GHpGnCqE
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 17, 2022
Patrick has had a rough month. And obviously this isn’t the greatest news either.
Hopefully at some point in the foreseeable future her luck will take a turn for the better.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.