I am not a NASCAR fan by any stretch of the imagination but there were some compelling points that came out of this race. It was great to see that 15 cars finished within 1.6 seconds of the winner. It was not great seeing James Franco screw up a basic racing command.
Yes, dear ole James Franco, the actor from the Spiderman movies, was on hand, promoting his new “Oz, the Great and Powerful” movie. Rather than saying the traditional “Gentleman, start your engines”, which of course he couldn’t because Danica Patrick was in the race, he said “Drivers and Danica, start your engines” (putting a real emphasis on Danica). Why would he feel the need to single her out in that way? Just simply say “Drivers start your engines” because that is what they all are, aren’t they?
Nevertheless, JJ, Jimmy Johnson won this year’s race, his second win at Daytona. It is too bad his win had to take the back seat to Danica Patrick. NASCAR is pushing her story with the speed and force of the cars in their sport. All I heard about was how she was the first woman to ever win the pole at Daytona. Maybe that is because she is only the second woman ever to race in NASCAR? Well, all I know is that it is a lot easier to be the fastest car on the track when there is no one else out there. Never mind the fact that she had relinquished the lead to Jeff Gordon before the first lap was completed. It was also a great job that she placed 8th in the race overall. Never mind the fact that she was 3rd with about half a lap remaining in the race! Way to hold on at the end!
To her credit, after the race she stated that she really did not know what to do or how to handle the situation. That is the mark of a person that understood they were in over their head and why they did not win a race. With a little more coaching and experience on the NASCAR circuit, she might become the driver NASCAR is hoping she will be.
Bottom line: I still do not want to see 40 cars go around in circles over and over again.