February 20, 2013
What's good for Patrick is good for NASCAR: Gordon
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon will start in the front row of the Daytona 500. (REUTERS)

During Danica Patrick’s time in the IZOD IndyCar Series there were some very public displays of displeasure by fellows drivers who felt she was getting the lion’s share of publicity simply because she was a female.

There was even a threatened boycott in 2005 by Andretti Autosport drivers who felt slighted at an autograph session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway because IndyCar bosses had Patrick in a separate line to accommodate her many fans.

It doesn’t seem to be the case in NASCAR, where her competitors in Sprint Cup appear to welcome her, spotlight and all, to their ranks.

And her record-setting Daytona 500 pole run makes that spotlight all the more bright.

Jeff Gordon, himself a four-time champion and will start beside Patrick next Sunday when the green flag drops for the 55th running of the Daytona 500, said he sees her popularity — or notoriety — as good for everyone in NASCAR.

He said it helps that Patrick isn’t exactly coming to Cup racing withou



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