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Danica Patrick Wins, Gets Airplane Day

For some reason there’s always been this stigma attached to Danica, Anna Kournikova, and a few other hot female athletes. Like people were always trying to bring them down for being good looking and world-class at what they did. As if just being hot weren’t enough — which it clearly is in my book — ugly chicks had to try and make us men feel bad about turning them into a big deal. If you think about it, what separates them from any other good looking girl is the fact that they are/were amongst the world best in their fields, and that’s how they gained notice. So to me, all this crap about “Danica needing to win a race to legitimize her publicity” was meaningless. But anyway, to satisfy the haters, Danica went out there and won an IRL race, but as luck would have it, it was in Japan.

So now you’re going to hear all this stuff about Danica being legitimate, and now we’re going to have all these new Danica-marketed products. Just think about how much you’ve already seen Danica in magazines, commercials, and hawking this or that product, and that was all without winning. You’ll certainly get your Danica fill whether or not you wanted it. And perhaps the biggest sign of this absurdity is AirTran Airways which has already declared Monday April 21st AirTranica Day and painted her picture on one of their planes. That’s right, if you’re flying from Orlando to Pittsburgh on flight 994 or from Pittsburgh to Atlanta on flight 993, you’ll be aboard AirTranica Won. Hopefully they can fly as well as she drives. You have been warned: brace yourself for Danica overload.

Danica Patrick Wants to Shake Anna Kournikova Comparisons

Truthfully, I never thought there was anything wrong with Anna Kournikova comparisons. Chick is extremely beautiful, better looking than most models, so I thought it was a smart idea for her to switch professions. And when she played, she was pretty outstanding. She was a Top 10 player in the world. That’s pretty commendable where I come from. So just why Danica wants to end the Anna K comparisons, I’m not quite sure.

“I see the parallels,” the American told Reuters. “But you know what, it’s surface stuff.

“For one, I’m competing against guys so right off the bat it’s different.

“I’m not so worried about that first win, I want it to come, I want it to be over with but I’ve been racing up front every weekend and that’s a big relief for me because the wins will come.

“Hey and let’s not forget she (Kournikova) was pretty darn good too.”

See, she’s right — they both are pretty darn good. Patrick’s still getting Top 10 finishes in IRL, and Kournikova was a Top 10 player in the world. On top of being attractive? What’s wrong with that? And as far as Danica’s concerned, I guess until she wins the stigma will be there. She might need to grab a snickers, but at least she’s in good company as far as I’m concerned.

Who’s Hotter: Ashley Force, or Danica Patrick?

I’ve been working on this little project for AOL Sports where I handicap some of the matchups in their hottest female athlete tournament. It’s pretty cool, though probably not the first time you’ve seen something like that. Well, we’re down to the semi finals, and one of the Final Four matchups is between two starlets of the racing world — Ashley Force, and Danica Patrick. While Patrick carries the name recognition, I’m not so sure she’s the hottest. Let’s go to the tale of the tape.

According to her wiki, Force is a 24-year-old funny car drag racer. She’s a So. Cal girl, having gone to Esperanza High School in Anaheim where she was a cheerleader. From high school, Ashley went onto Cal St. Fullerton where she graduated with a communications degree. Ashley comes from a family of race car drivers, with her father, John Force, being a funny car division champion and head of John Force Racing. Ashley is not the lone female racer in the family. She also has two younger sisters who are racers, and quite attractive at that. More pics after the jump.

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Danica Patrick Smacked Down by Dan Wheldon After A.J. Foyt 225

Neither Danica Patrick nor Dan Wheldon won the IRL race in Milwaukee on Sunday, but they managed to become the center of attention afterwards. And let me tell you, it was one of the best exchanges of smack-talking this year.

Here’s the deal. While battling for fourth in the 87th lap, Wheldon bumped into Patrick, sending Danica spinning towards the inside of the track. The bump set Danica back a lap, and she later complained that the nudge was the result of Wheldon’s jealousy:

I don’t know if he’s mad that I passed him at Indy and he got passed by five more cars or something. I don’t know. I don’t know if the message got across, I’ve never been in a situation with Dan before.

Wheldon however, did not hesitate to put Danica in her place. Check it out:

What goes around comes around. She nearly put me into the pit wall at Indianapolis. I certainly have no problem with everybody else on the track. I’m sure she’s just feeling the pressure of not winning races and her teammates are.

She’s just being Danica. She’ll be fine when she calms down. She’s messing with the wrong person if she wants to get feisty that’s for sure, because I’m a lot tougher than she is on the track.

That is effin’ great! Uhh, this actually might get me interested in watching the next time the two of them are on the track. And how great is it that Wheldon said what everyone’s thinking — Danica’s just pissed because she hasn’t won anything! And forget gender too — Wheldon says he’s tougher than Danica. This is great. Props to Wheldon for smacking Danica around a bit and telling it like it is. Nicely done, my man.

Milka Duno the New Danica Patrick?

Get your looks in now because she’ll be wearing a racing helmet tomorrow. Milka Duno will be making her IRL debut Sunday at Kansas Speedway, according to the St. Petersburg Times. There are some concerns that she’s not ready for IRL racing, and that she could be rushed because of her marketability. You make the call on that one:

Not bad, not bad. Pic via Fark, although be advised, if you follow the link you might see something that resembles Michael Jackson more than the hot chick above.