Danica Patrick might have to 'mend some fences' in 2015 with some of her fans after her recent comments about her goals for 2015 made while on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour.
The talented race car driver answered a question about what her goals for herself and her No. 10 GoDaddy sponsored team in 2015 and she replied "progress" (Fox Sports - February 4).
The goal of "progress" could be acceptable for someone trying to lose weight but in the opinion of some of her fans and race car observers in the hyper-competitive testosterone filled chamber that is NASCAR racing such a goal in not ambitious enough and definitely not sufficient. A race car driver who had three top-10 finishes in 2014 and who in her short NASCAR career has won the pole at one of the most prestigious races, the Daytona 500 (2013), should be in the view of some of her fans and race car observers much more confident and optimistic about the upcoming season.
Some of her supporters wonder if she has become 'too nice' and wary of 'ruffling the feathers' of some of her racing colleagues or is dampening expectations for the upcoming season because of the questions concerning her being paired with a new crew chief, Daniel Knost, and her uncertain future with Stewart-Hass.
She became a NASCAR favourite with fans not just because she is a female race car driver but also because she shows no fear on the race track and is a legitimate threat to win a race whenever she is behind the wheel.
Danica Patrick has some of her fans hoping she returns to the mentality that she displayed as an open-wheel racer where instead of 'walking on eggshells' and worrying about angering any of her competitors with the goals she had for herself and her team she basically crushed the eggshells when walking in her high heels that showed off her great legs or was in her racing gear.
One recommendation for Danica Patrick from some race car observers and her fans is to just 'shoot from the hip' and admit that she wants to win 'at least' 1 NASCAR race in 2015 because that is an attitude that will endear her to race fans.