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Tony has welcomed Danica and GoDaddy.com to his stable for 10 races next year.

Is Danica a nonstory or good for the sport?

Danica could bring in a whole new group of fans and could very well start allot of young ladies into racing.

Could very well be interesting to see how NASCAR goes forward from this point with such well known woman running in the series

August 26, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Danica will bring some interest initially because of the novelty. If she starts finishing in the top 10 the interest may hold. If she actually manages to win a race and the world doesn't come to an end the coverage would be non-stop.

August 26, 2011  09:29 AM ET

How many women in auto racing has that been said about? As far as success goes, the 2 that had the most were both from Rally, Michelle Muton and Denise McLuggage. There was Shirley and Janet here.

My only problem with Danica is the hype to result ratio. I don't like having mediocrity rammed down my throat. It would be better for her if she flew under the radar until she actually achieved something.

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August 26, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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.As far as new group of fans, or filling the stands.... FORGET IT! She wasn't doing it for Indy Car....she won't be doing it for NASCAR.

That's the troof, Troof. 22GA, you hit it exactly.

August 26, 2011  10:27 AM ET

I will get wacked on this one but here goes anyways ..... there is a certain driver out there that just does good here and there and the fans flock to him anyways.
Danica , as long as she can show something here and there will she will have a following

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August 26, 2011  10:40 AM ET

and she doesn't have a father that was popular.

August 26, 2011  10:44 AM ET

" I just go where my heart tells me, where my gut tells me to go, where I'm enjoying my life the most, where I feel like I can have the most success." That's from Danica's press conference yesterday. That tells me she plans to have more success in Nascar.

August 26, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

How many women in auto racing has that been said about? As far as success goes, the 2 that had the most were both from Rally, Michelle Muton and Denise McLuggage. There was Shirley and Janet here.My only problem with Danica is the hype to result ratio. I don't like having mediocrity rammed down my throat. It would be better for her if she flew under the radar until she actually achieved something.

You get my vote = SHOW ME

August 26, 2011  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

How many women in auto racing has that been said about? As far as success goes, the 2 that had the most were both from Rally, Michelle Muton and Denise McLuggage. There was Shirley and Janet here.My only problem with Danica is the hype to result ratio. I don't like having mediocrity rammed down my throat. It would be better for her if she flew under the radar until she actually achieved something.

UnBiasedPerspective,, You get my vote,,= SHOW ME

August 26, 2011  10:46 AM ET

Sorry about the double, the first one didn't go,sooooo,LOL

August 26, 2011  10:51 AM ET

We will see once she really piss's someone off.

August 26, 2011  10:56 AM ET

Yeah, like Stevie Wallace.

August 26, 2011  11:09 AM ET
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Yeah, like Stevie Wallace.

Nah I was thinking Mike Wallace. He's already stated earlier women shouldn't be in the sport. Even put Shawna Robinson in the wall after publicly saying he was going to do it.

August 26, 2011  12:31 PM ET

Well, IRL has changed (not for the better) since 2005 when Danica was a rookie. In 2005, 17 races, 14 Ovals, 2 Road Courses, 1 Street Circuit .... this year 2011, 17 races, only 7 Ovals, 4 road course, 5 Street Circuits, 1 Airport, ... even this year IRL is running the road course part of the track in Japan where Danica Won on an Oval ;) ...

And Avoidable Contact Fines per the Head of Racing, who restarted a race New Hampshire when it was too WET ....

No wonder Why le'Kermitla is Switching

August 26, 2011  12:41 PM ET

And a lot of the Hype was her Rookie team in IRL ....

Rahal Letterman Racing .... as in Dave Letterman ... TV talk show host ...

August 26, 2011  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Well, IRL has changed (not for the better) since 2005 when Danica was a rookie. In 2005, 17 races, 14 Ovals, 2 Road Courses, 1 Street Circuit .... this year 2011, 17 races, only 7 Ovals, 4 road course, 5 Street Circuits, 1 Airport, ... even this year IRL is running the road course part of the track in Japan where Danica Won on an Oval ;)

To be fair Nova the Japan race was supposed to be an oval, but was changed because of earthquake damage to the oval track.

I have said that she would come to Cup where out of 26 races she has 2 "throw away" road courses and still be in contention to win the Championship. In Indy Car you can't win a championship without being good on both.

August 26, 2011  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

" I just go where my heart tells me, where my gut tells me to go, where I'm enjoying my life the most, where I feel like I can have the most success."

That's from Danica's press conference yesterday. That tells me she plans to have more success in Nascar.

What was she going to say ... " My gut feeling is IRL is DEAD " no major TV contact, driving on street circuits where you can not see **** ... can not bump in to anybody cause its Avoidable! ... and a Rodeo Clown running the SHOW ...

August 26, 2011  03:30 PM ET

I gotta say I am a huge Smoke fan, but not happy he is "prosituting" the team like this.

 
August 26, 2011  03:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

What was she going to say ... " My gut feeling is IRL is DEAD " no major TV contact, driving on street circuits where you can not see **** ... can not bump in to anybody cause its Avoidable! ... and a Rodeo Clown running the SHOW ...

if it wasnt for the indy 500, there would not be an IRL today. cash cow.

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