Pedley: Danica Questions Are Getting Irksome
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Want to incur the wrath of a Sprint Cup driver these days? Ask about Danica Patrick.
That’s because while some fans and, basically, everybody with a notebook or microphone in hand wants to know about the IndyCar femme’s future, drivers are getting darn sick of the topic and the questions.
Like Tony Stewart, co-owner/driver over at Stewart Haas Racing. Rumor has it, Patrick may drive a Cup car for him in the near future.
At his media availability, the first question he was asked was about Patrick, a one-time winner in IndyCar who has dabbled part time with NASCAR this year.
“It’s like I’ve always said when we have something to tell everybody we’ll tell them but there’s nothing to tell yet,” Stewart said. “I know there’s a lot of speculation but there is nothing to really talk about yet.”
Not content with that answer, the questioner insisted that his sources had heard Patrick was headed Stewart’s way.
“I don’t care about your sources,” Stewart said. “When we have something to talk about we’ll talk about it. I promise we won’t leave any of you guys out I promise.”
Nope, not taking that for answer. Will the annoucement be soon?
“What will be soon? I don’t know,” Stewart said, irritation level rising. “I don’t know. If we knew that we’d already be talking about it wouldn’t we. When we have something to talk about I promise you I will not let any of you be late for the deal.”
One more, Mr. Stewart: You are obviously looking to add a third team.
Mr. Stewart: “We’ve said that from day one. We’ve never wavered from that, never said anything different from that. We’re definitely to a third team and want to be a four-car team eventually.”
Then it was Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s turn to get the Danicaed.
Patrick’s foray into NASCAR has been with Earnhardt’s Nationwide Series team. Rumor has it that Patrick could spend the full season with that team in 2012.
“There ain’t been no announcement yet so I don’t know why you would go report that,” Earnhardt said. “We’ve enjoyed working with her and would love to keep working with her. When there’s something to announce, they’ll announce it and we’ll just wait until that happens I guess.”
Why wait? Earnhardt was asked: “Hypothetically, let’s say it was going to…
Earnhardt: “I don’t deal in hypotheticals. I can’t do you no favors today.”
Finally, Carl Edwards was approached. Apparently, his recent free agency situation made him worth of talking about Danica. At least one questioner thought so.
He was asked: What do you think of the Danica news?
He answered: “What is the Danica news?
That she will come full time to Nationwide and part time to Cup next year and then full Cup season in 2013.
Edwards, rolling his eyes: “So is this a rumor guys or did Danica say what she is doing? You know what I am going to do, because of what I just learned with my contract? I am going to just wait to see what Danica has to say. That is what I am going to do.”
And with that, Edwards was out the door. Not going with him were the Danica rumors, the latest being her decision will be announced on Wednesday.
– Jim Pedley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Comments