Danica Patrick Booed for Blaming Car: ‘That Hurts My Feelings’

After going quite some time without controversy, Indy Car driver Danica Patrick has opened up a treasure chest of gold for her haters. Danica struggled through Indy 500 qualifying averaging just 224.217mph placing her 23rd heading into next weekend’s race. In an interview broadcast over the PA system following her qualifying run, Patrick blamed her car’s setup for the poor performance. The AP says Danica was fighting back tears after the run and you can tell in this Danica Patrick video that she was having a hard time:

Danica was complaining that her car was too loose and the rear tires weren’t gripping the track well:

“I wasn’t flat out the last two laps and I was scared to death flat on the first two,” Patrick said, her words booming out to the sizable Pole Day crowd around the 2.5-mile track. “I’ve never been bad here before. I’ve never been outside the top 10 on a finish or qualifying, so, it’s not my fault. The car is not good.”

In this case I do believe the fans were in the wrong because Patrick wasn’t calling out her team, she was stating facts about her car. Danica definitely needs to get some thicker skin so she doesn’t let fan reaction get to her too much. In several interviews I’ve heard from her she cares way too much about public perception. She needs to disregard what people say and just concentrate on what she does.

Danica hears boos after poor qualifying at Indy [AP/FOX Sports]
Danica Patrick Booed, Struggles in Qualifiying at Indianapolis [FanHouse]

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  • Alan

    Totally agree with you–it’s not that big a deal–but no one likes an excuse-maker.

  • Damon

    Nobody likes an excuse maker, but it’s easier to get mad at someody like Danica when you aren’t the one going through what she’s going through in the car.

    As she said, she’s qualified in the top 10 in each of her first 5 Indy 500 starts and finished in the top 8 4 times, the only time she didn’t was in 2008 when Ryan Briscoe decided to use her as a speed bump in the pits and broke her rear suspension.

  • http://none Mark

    Thank you, Larry, for chastising these bullies. I’m all for freedom of speech and freedom of expression–heck, that’s why our troops are in Iraq, to protect our rights as citizens, God bless them–but these people booing Danica are just mean spirited haters who think a woman’s place is in the home and not on the track. Hey people, I got this to say to you: if you don’t like Danica being there, do us a favor–leave America and go live somewhere else. We don’t want such intolerant bigots like you in our country.

  • Tom Todaro

    What a spoiled BRAT. The fact that she doesn’t understand why the fans booed her tells it all.

  • Mike M

    If she had just said she had a bad car and that she and her team were going to have to work to make it better, she’d have been fine. Standard race fare. The ‘it’s not my fault because I’m always good’ part of it was what got her booed.

  • McMike

    Danica is a crybaby and doesn’t care about fans. I heard her say so once in the Andretti Green Garage, leaving me with my jaw down to the ground. Afterall, it’s the fans who have supported her. She may be all about ‘fans’ on TV, but in reality? She doesn’t give a hoot. Maybe this is a good lesson for her. I’m glad she was booed. She deserves it.

  • Barry

    The fans were RIGHT in booing the little brat! Danica Patrick is an OVERrated, bossy, stubborn smart-mouthed BITCH who expects attention and never takes responsibility for her own mistakes!

    Somebody needs to knock her down a few pegs, or sit her down and explain to her that she is NOT entitled to respect she didn’t earn, she’s only won one race her entire career, and blaming the car and pit crew for HER lousy driving simply means she ISN’T as good as she’s been telling herself, and she needs to STFU and drive!