Danica could be great for NASCAR and women everywhere

Danica-Mania Hits The Airwaves, While Fans And Reporters Weigh In

12/10/09 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11774 respect

Danica and JR Motorsports made it official, announcing that she had signed a two year deal with the team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr and Rick Hendrick to drive in the Nationwide and ARCA series. Kelley Earnhardt, General Manager for JR Motorsports said
 
“I expect her to be eaten up by the wolves.”
 
Face it, the story is huge. Yesterday, our resident open-wheel expert, gearhead, gave us his perspective on the signing. So what is the perspective from a NASCAR fan? Well, like Eric, I will not profess to speak for all NASCAR fans, after all, I’m an anomaly, female and from Canada.

However, I can tell you what I think. 
 
Honestly, I’m torn. Part of me is happy to have a female in NASCAR, one who is already a “name” and has some success in racing. Another part of me is pissed that no one wanted to give Chrissy Wallace an opportunity to drive in a premiere series, but that's a topic for another day.
 
She is a “name”. There are very few people who don’t know who Danica is. Is her signing to drive NASCAR a positive or a negative thing for NASCAR? 
 
The Pros are, she will likely bring more people to NASCAR to see what she can do, basically out of curiosity, and those fans may see something they like, and become true fans. There is a possibility that more female fans will come to NASCAR, and become true fans. There will undoubtedly be more male viewers, just to ogle her, again, who may become true fans.  I’m sure that Dale Jr and Rick Hendrick already have considered the souvenir issue, and with Kelley Earnhardt in charge, they will make the most of that, no doubt offering a ton of sanctioned shirts, caps, cozies, jackets, jammies, etc. So all those ladies out there who think that they are just as hot as Danica will have the opportunity to wear her clothes, so to speak.

There are more, of course, but those are the ones that quickly come to mind.
 
The cons could be the same as the pros, depending on how you look at it.  I mean, if people are going to start following NASCAR, just to ogle Danica and not be real fans, is that good for the sport? Do true NASCAR fans who know at least the recent history, the drivers, the sponsors and the rules want casual fans invading their space? Do female fans want a female driver? Or will they view her as “competition”? Will Danica be hated by the female fans? Or will she be embraced as yet another pioneer?  Of course, female fans might not say what they really think anyway.
 
Then there is the sponsor issue. GoDaddy.com has agreed to sponsor Danica for the races she will run, but I have another option. If any of you NASCAR fans watch SPEED, as I do, you’ve likely seen the ads for “ExtenZe”. It’s promoted as a “Male Health Supplement” during the day, but when the sun goes down, the ads become a little more……specific and descriptive.  If you Wiki ExtenZe, the opening sentence states:

"ExtenZe is an herbal nutitional supplement claimed to promote "natural male enhancement", which suggests a euphemism for penis enlargement."

 Now, “ExtenZe” has a female supplement.  Their website claims,

"Women Extenze Changes The Game - No longer are guys the only ones having fun!"

The Company already sponsors Kevin Conway in the Nationwide Series, so they are no strangers to NASCAR.  It seems it could be a match made in heaven.  Danica could promote the female version, brining more attention to the product, more female fans to the sport and possibly the product, and opening up a whole new realm of possibilities.

She obviously doesn't have a problem with the photo shoots, the GoDaddy.com commercials were too racy for TV and had to be concluded online.

Yep, all we have to do is open our minds and lower our expectations just a little.  This Danica in NASCAR thing could be interesting on a whole different level no one ever thought of.
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12/12/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

wrote:
Kramer, do you think I would ever go after JR like a wolf? I mean...REALLY ME? 

 You know I'm talking about the teenie boppers and girls my age.

12/12/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

wrote:
Kelley Earnhardt, General Manager for JR Motorsports said
 “I expect her to be eaten up by the wolves.”

I would really like the "source" of this supposed quote.  Kelly has an article on Jr's Fan Website about Danica and has nothing but good things to say!

 She knows guys will be going head over heels for Danica because she's hot, just like how ladies go gaga over her brother, Kasey Kahne, and others.

12/12/09   |   Debi_L   |   11774 respect

wrote:
Kelley Earnhardt, General Manager for JR Motorsports said
 “I expect her to be eaten up by the wolves.”

I would really like the "source" of this supposed quote.  Kelly has an article on Jr's Fan Website about Danica and has nothing but good things to say!
(Edited by Debi_L)

Yahoo.com/Nascar
third paragraph, all on its own - of course, she clarified she was joking, but what they expect and what the fans actually do, who knows.

12/11/09   |   Debi_L   |   11774 respect

jxnsteelersfan wrote:
I'm not a NASCAR fan but since a woman is added to the mix, I will watch to support her efforts.  I will also make an effort to learn more about the sport so I can understand if her performance is up to par.  Good luck Danica and NASCAR!  

BTW, nice post.  I look forward to staying abreast of the Danica/NASCAR situation as it progresses. 

I thank you for the compliment - there have been soooooo many posts about Danica, and I am guilty of posting many of them, but that's my job here.  I wanted to put a little different spin on things, and I honestly think she should be a real ground breaker - the sponsorship bit was a little bit of a joke, but honestly, the things she COULD do!!!!

12/11/09   |   CRAZY_LADY   |   355 respect

well its been prov-en sex's sell !!! now we wait to see if JR motorsports  well get the results that they paying for and she does not cost JR  allot  of money building new cars all the time ????

12/10/09   |   jxnsteelersfan   |   75 respect

I'm not a NASCAR fan but since a woman is added to the mix, I will watch to support her efforts.  I will also make an effort to learn more about the sport so I can understand if her performance is up to par.  Good luck Danica and NASCAR!  

BTW, nice post.  I look forward to staying abreast of the Danica/NASCAR situation as it progresses. 

12/10/09   |   bwfc2good4u   |   327 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I think that's kind of the point huh?  She can sell almost anything if she's dressed like that - might make it more difficult to take her seriously in the car?  I don't know, I guess we'll have to wait and see, and I do wish her success, especially driving for Jr, but do I expect success right away? No.

I really can't wait for February!!! We need to see some racing again and so then maybe we can see even more of Danica...well okay maybe not in that sense, but I really can't wait for this saga to be over, and for us to get back to talking about actual NASCAR issues instead of spending the whole off season discussing a ladie who isn't going to win and has never raced in NASCAR...

I hope she does do okay, I really do, but I wish we were talking about usual off season issues, like sponsorship deatis, driver placements, new teams etc instead of this..like Doug Randolph going to the newly full time 71 car, that is really good news but hey Danica's coming so I guess it doesn't matter...lol

12/10/09   |   Debi_L   |   11774 respect

kramer wrote:
 I had a comment, but I got distracted by the last picture (again).

I think that's kind of the point huh?  She can sell almost anything if she's dressed like that - might make it more difficult to take her seriously in the car?  I don't know, I guess we'll have to wait and see, and I do wish her success, especially driving for Jr, but do I expect success right away? No.

12/10/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

 I had a comment, but I got distracted by the last picture (again).

12/10/09   |   TheRoss   |   356 respect

As someone who doesn't like NASCAR, I confess I am a lot more likely to watch a race with her in it just to see what happens. Is that a good thing? Probably not.

12/10/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

My first NASCAR experience was watching the 1979 Daytona 500. That day i became a fan of the King, Richard Petty, and he is still my favorite driver ever. I root today for Jeff Gordon, mainly because he was so disliked from the good 'ole boys, and for Kyle Busch, who seems to also be a very un NASCAR driver. And now, it's Danica time. She now makes three drivers i will follow, and hope she does well, swapping some paint, and making the good 'ole boy network mad once again.