Friday, June 25, 2010

Danica Patrick – Back to NASCAR

Danica Patrick will be returning to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on June 26 in the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. This is considered to be one of the most anticipated events to occur in the Nationwide Series because there are a lot of fans awaiting her return. Her focus has been on her Indy ride so now she will have to shift gears, which I am sure that she will do with passion and excitement.

There are constant discussions in regards to the exposure that this talented driver has been gaining even before she participated in her first NASCAR-sanctioned race. Danica has been placed under a closer microscope and I believe there are a number of reasons why she is being so closely watched this season:

1. Fans and skeptics want to see how well or not so well she will do in her quest to compete on both the IndyCar and Nationwide levels during the same season.

2. She was courted and signed to drive for the most popular NASCAR driver at JR Motorsports. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt definitely have an eye for scouting talent and utilizing their exceptional marketing skills. We know that the Earnhardt camp and their actions are always being held under public scrutiny whether good, bad or indifferent.

3. Driving talent – she is not lacking in that area; however, it is going to be an interesting process witnessing her progress throughout the remainder of her approved NASCAR events. She has held her own for the select few races that she has competed in thus far this season.

Will she successfully finish most of the remaining races? Will she be able to beat and bang with the best of them, if/when necessary? Can she keep switching gears when she has to compete in the IndyCar and Nationwide Series races back to back?

Time will tell and the proof will be on the track.

Until next time…Gear Up, Strap In For A Thrillin’ Ride

*The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer*

PHOTO FROM NASCAR MEDIA 

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