As with everything else Danica, her debut in stock car racing was a lot of hype, what was actually surprising is she can actually drive. As a casual fan of pen wheel racing I of course know who Danica is, but before today I can honestly say that I have never seen her drive a complete race, well maybe last year’s Indy 500, but I have to say I was impressed.
Usually I am the type who thinks the media is pretty stupid, and they over hype, the wrong people. While there was a Danica media feeding frenzy centered on everything she did, during the actual race, she handled herself pretty well. For the most part she ran in the top ten, and she was clearly out there to learn and I think learn she did. After a mid race spin she rallied to finish 6th, and in the grand scheme of things that is probably a lot better result than most of us thought she was capable of.
However, with all that being said I do not believe that she should race in next week’s Nationwide Series race. Daytona is a tough track to master, even more so with 42 other driver surrounding you and fighting for very small pieces of real estate. While I think Danica did a fine job in the ARCA race, the talent level in the Nationwide series is easily four of five times better. The simple fact here is she does not have enough experience or know how to race in next week’s Nationwide series race, without causing someone a significant issue.
That is not to say that she will not get all that one day, but that day is not going to be any one of the next seven. A great plan for her would be to enter the Nationwide series race in California two weeks from today, and learn what NASCAR racing is really all about. Daytona is a completely different animal compared to what NASCAR drivers do during the rest of their season.