One week before the start of another highly anticipated NASCAR season, Danica Patrick is responding to some harsh criticism from racing legend, Richard Petty, after saying that the only way Patrick could win is “only if everyone else stayed home” in the Sprint Cup Series.
In Patrick’s defense she responded by saying “People have said things in the past, they’re going to say things in the future,” Patrick said Thursday morning during Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. “I still say the same thing: Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. People will judge what he said, whether they judge it well or not, and I’m just not going to (judge).”
“The people that matter the most to me are my team, my sponsors and those little 3-year-old kids that run up to you and want a great big hug and say they want to grow up to be like you. That’s the stuff I really focus on.”
“More than anything, I love the conversation it creates,” she said. “Across the board, it makes sports interesting. It makes life interesting when people have different perspectives. That’s fine with me. … It really just doesn’t matter. It’s interesting conversation. I’m fortunate I’m in it.”
This will be the second season where Patrick will focus all of attention on NASCAR, never really finishing the way that she hoped for.
Don’t forget to catch the start of the NASCAR season at the Daytona 500 on Fox on February 23rd at 12 noon ET.
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