|Danica Patrick at the track|
So why is it so unusual for a woman to compete in auto racing? And why do so many male race car drivers have such negative attitudes toward female drivers? What are they afraid of? It does take some amount of strength and endurance to drive a race car for several hours on a hot day, but those physical demands are just as easily achieved by women as they are by men.
The reluctant acceptance of women in motor sports might just be related to tradition: guys usually have more interest in cars than girls do. It’s a social and cultural thing. But women have just as much potential as men do when it comes to driving. I see it every day in my daily commute to work in the overly-congested Washington DC area. And I learned this automotive gender equality at a young age because my high school girlfriend was a hot-looking gear head, like Danica is, and sometimes drove her car like she was in the Daytona 500.
|HGTV host Jodi Marks|
I was channel surfing this morning when I first thought about writing this post and I stumbled on a show called Girl’s Garage. It featured three female custom car builder/mechanics taking the viewer through their latest project. It did not surprise me that three hot women can customize a Mustang and explain each phase of the project in great, credible detail. But it’s a little odd watching three hot women wearing low-cut t-shirts and plenty of sparkly jewelry in the garage while installing headers and a muffler kit. It’s hard to tell if they really did do the auto work or if they are just good actors. On-again-off-again HGTV home improvement show host Jodi Marks looks great too, but when you watch her remodeling a kitchen wearing clothes that are appropriate for the job, you just know she actually did the work (I also researched her just to make sure). The Girls’s Garage girls? I’m not so sure.
|Danica - not at the track|
There are many pictures and videos of Danica Patrick in a bikini and heels in ads for Go Daddy internet services. She has the body and the attitude to make that work. She also has the good sense to not dress that way during NASCAR races. It would destroy her credibility and it wouldn’t be safe. Like many guys, however, I would love to see that. Other guys do picture that, right? I’m not the only one, am I?
So while Danica sits on the pole in Florida tomorrow, I’ll be sitting on my sofa in Maryland watching the race on TV. I hope she comes in … second. As hot as she is, my favorite driver is still Jimmie Johnson. Gentlemen, uhhh drivers, start your engines! May the best man, uhhh driver win.