Earlier this week Wizbang featured the provocatively posed Danica Patrick, the female Indy 500 contender, who experts say is the first of the 4 females to have qualified at Indy with a legitimate shot at winning. Other drivers have noticed as well…
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he will not compete in the race again unless the field is equalized.
Gordon, a former open-wheel driver now in NASCAR, contends that Patrick is at an advantage over the rest of the competitors because she only weighs 100 pounds. Because all the cars weigh the same, Patrick’s is lighter on the race track.
“The lighter the car, the faster it goes,” Gordon said. “Do the math. Put her in the car at her weight, then put me or Tony Stewart in the car at 200 pounds and our car is at least 100 pounds heavier.Gordon has in past years pulled a highly unusual double shift of racing in the Indy 500 and the NASCAR Coca Cola 600 on the same day, but is faring so poorly this year as owner of his own racing team he’s had to focus solely on the days NASCAR race.
For a guy who led NASCAR in crashes last year, including a retaliatory crash which accidentally eliminated two contenders for the Nextel Cup from qualifying, weight seems to be the least of his concerns. Maturity is where Gordon is carrying less of a load than his competition. His rep is so bad some of his sponsors have clauses in their agreements to protect the companies from being embarrassed by Gordon.
Update: Despite leading for a while Danica fell to fourth place the possibility of running out of fuel was too much to overcome. Regardless, the only name anyone will remember from this years Indy 500 is Danica Patrick. Robby Gordon came in 27th at the Coca Cola 600.