Back in Nov. 2009 I wrote a quick piece on Danica Patrick, who at the time was considering her options to join NASCAR. Now, as we approach Memorial Day Weekend and the 100th Anniversary of the original “Great American Race” Danny will be starting from the back. Not all the way back but far enough back (25 of 33 ) to reflect on the steep climb facing her career if she has any hope of holding the checkered flag at Indy. In fact, she’s not the only girl on the grid. There are 3 others racing this year including Swiss racer Simona de Silvestro who has qualified 2 slots ahead of her. And not just this weekend’s climb either. She has reached the point in her career where she must decide to leave her dreams and passion of an Indy win and go for the career Gold in 2012 with a NASCAR contract. According to Jay Hart @ Yahoo Sports, both contracts will expire soon and her management team IMG has undoubtedly made note of her ‘ticking clock.’
So does she go for the Flag or put her dreams on hold and grab the Funds? If you haven’t gone back to read my first article, this may be a good time. There I said it was all about the money. Perhaps it shouldn’t be but one would be foolish to think otherwise. Most probably her inner circle of advisors will be working hard this weekend to come up with little one line zingers to remind her of this. She nearly missed qualifying for this year’s centennial celebration, and no matter what the outcome over at NASCAR, one things for sure.. The Danny Brand will Command ~ super high bucks. With that said, and for the love of the sport I sure hope she proves me wrong.