Drivers And Danica? James Franco Insults Patrick Before Daytona 500

Drivers and Danica, start your engines! Danica Patrick may have grabbed the pole position before the Daytona 500 but apparently that’s not enough to earn the respect of Grand Marshal James Franco.

Franco gave Danica a special shout out as he got the annual race started this afternoon but it came off as more of an insult than a compliment.

Franco said: “Drivers … and Danica! Start your engines!”

Franco was trying to give the popular NASCAR driver a little extra attention but it sounded like he was belittling Danica Patrick’s driving skills.

The phrase, Drivers and Danica, quickly started trending on Twitter as Patrick fans voiced their anger with Franco.

Female motorcycle racer Elena Myers wrote: I was a James Franco fan until his statement saying “Drivers and Danica, start your engines.”…. C’mon…

Chris Credendino was just mad that Franco screwed up the most famous words in NASCAR history, writing: “I know that @JamesFrancoTV didn’t meant it, but he definitely butchered the most famous words in #NASCAR with that @DanicaPatrick comment.”

What do you think of James Franco’s comment? Was “Drivers and Danica” an insult?