Lizard wrote:In reading this thread it made me wonder about Tony's move from IRL to NASCAR.
1996 - 9 Busch Series Races(now called Nationwide) best finish 16th
- 1 Truck Series Race finished 10th
1997 - 5 Busch Series Races top 10 twice, 1 top 5
1998 - 22 Busch Series Races 2 poles, 5 top 5, 5 top 10
1999 - First full Cup year 3 wins and at least 1 DNF
Tony also ran a number of dirt track races during those years as well.
2010 - 13 Nationwide races best finish 19th and at least 2 DNF's
- 1 K&N Pro Series East 6th place
- 1 ARCA(Daytona) 6th place
2011 - 12 Nationwide races 1 top 5 and 2 top 10
Tony ran 2 years limited schedule in lower series before running it full-time before even running in a Cup race. I think it would have been better for Danica if they had run her full-time in Nationwide this year and next year with adding limited Cup schedule in 2013 if she was running well this year.
Basically what I am trying to say is that she needs more seat time to learn about driving stock cars. She has the drive, determination, and talent but needs experience. I am hoping she learns fast and does well because I want other females to be given the opportunity. I do not think Danica is being singled out by any drivers anymore than any other rookie driver, heck Elliott Sadler(thanks to SmokieOneFour I hear ET saying the name every time now) is not a rookie and had drivers telling their spotters to tell him to not push them last night. It will take time for the drivers to trust Danica, which is part of being a rookie or part-timer.
I am holding out hope that she will do well in time but expectations are running too high for her right now. She has to take responsibility for some of that with having the big PR machine, but ESPN, Fox Sports, and SPEED have their part in that too. To listen to ESPN one would think she is the only female running in the Nationwide series this year, but Johanna Long is running full-time as well. Unfortunately for Johanna she does not have the PR machine Danica has.
Lizard, you forgot writing:
1996 - average start: 26.2, average finish: 26.4
1997 - average start: 10.2, average finish: 24.6
1998 - average start: 16.0, average finish: 18.5
2010 - average start: 26.9, average finish: 28.0
2011 - average start: 18.2, average finish: 17.4
Danica run fulltime Nationwide schedule and partial Cup schedule, because she is not ready for Cup.. Tony said he do not care about positions she needs laps.. Danica said maybe Daytona, but she also said sometime will look bad.. Her partial schedule is only about experiences..
About hype - before Danica circus was Sarah Fisher circus.. Sarah is first female IndyCar pole positer and her best result was second place.. And she is wins one race as IndyCar owner.. Sarah still uses her hype - last weeks was circus, because only female owner had not engine for her team.. Nobody cares about Conquest team, also have not engine..
I think Johanna has talent, but she needs improving and one day starts her hype.. Every female driver uses female card, because everybody interests because she is female..