Re: danica patrick and the indy 500
She's a real driver. She raced in all the league's in Europe open wheelers have to to earn their stripes, and, by all accounts, she's a really good wheel (wo)man.
The fact that she's hot will always be held against her, just like the fact that Jeff Gordon, despite paying all the due's (maybe more than some), and coming up the ranks the hard way is STILL despised to this day because he A) Didn't look like the Marlboro Man, B) Could speak English, and C) Wasn't from the South.
People forget that she's only 23, and that's still young in the sport of racing. Once she starts winning, people will realize she's the real deal.