Last spring we had the opportunity to go to the Indianapolis 500 courtesy of some good friends with tickets for great seats that they couldn’t use. My wife was pulling for Danica Patrick, (probably) mostly due to the fact that she was a woman in a male-dominated sport. I asked just how “competitive” could she be if she had never won a race?
This, of course, led to all sorts of enjoyable discussion. I wasn’t really trying to knock Patrick. I just wanted a little honest perspective.
Yesterday in Japan, finally, Patrick won an Indy race. It was her 50th race start.
Predictably, if you’ll excuse the mixed metaphor, racing’s goal posts have suddenly shifted.
Bob Margolis writes:
Danica Patrick’s first IndyCar win in the Japan 300 was more a triumph in public relations than auto racing.
It didn’t happen as the result of a final lap, wheel-to-wheel battle, one that many close observers of the sport feel she will never win.
It instead was more a battle between the race engineer’s computers on the Andretti Green team and that of her rival Helio Castroneves’ Penske Racing team. It was a matter of who would get the best fuel mileage in the final handful of laps of the 200-lap race.
Whoa, there, Bob.
What a jackass. Suddenly it doesn’t really count if you only win because you out-mileaged the other driver? Is Bob ‘Jackass’ Margolis suggesting that everyone who’s won a race on fuel strategy didn’t really win a competitive race? Of course he isn’t. He’s only suggesting that the women who have done it didn’t really win a competitive race.
What a jackass. (Is there an echo in here? -Ed.)
It’s certainly fine to be critical of professional race car drivers. But this isn’t the way to do it.
Jackass Margolis needs to make a list of criteria for a ‘real’ win right now and put it on the record so that he can’t jackass his way around to discrediting any future wins. Make a list, check it twice, and stick to it.
I have no idea what his motivation is, and it’s not my responsibility to find out. He does sounds like a whining sexist, though, to be honest.
“I still don’t think Danica Patrick will ever win a race in the Indy car series.
She’s just not a good enough driver.”
So I guess he’s got to find a way to not have been wrong. What a guy.
Today he writes:
Patrick’s victory may temporarily quiet her critics
but apparently not the jackasses.