Forbes Magazine Thinks NASCAR Needs A Winning Danica
What's the key to a NASCAR growth spurt? According to Forbes Magazine ... it's Danica Patrick. And not just any Danica. One that wins. From the article that will appear in the September 23rd issue:
In the short run Patrick can maintain her popularity without winning. She only needs to look across the track to a relevant comparison in Earnhardt. He has been voted Nascar's most popular driver ten years running and is the sport's top earner at $26 million annually despite only two wins the past seven years.
In the long run she must start winning. JMI's Brown thinks Danica has three years before sponsors and fans start to reconsider their investment if Patrick is not competitive. She has the tools to succeed with a well-funded team in Stewart-Haas. Her racing sensei, Tony Gibson, was the car chief for the title teams of Alan Kulwicki and Jeff Gordon. "It only took me two races to realize she is in it to win it and she is going to go a long way in this sport," says Gibson. "A year from now she is going to turn some heads."
To read the full Forbes article, click here.
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