What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the names Danica Patrick & Tony Stewart? Two drivers with really hot tempers. Could you imagine them on the same team? Yesterday afternoon, Danica paid a visit to the Stewart-Haas shop in Concord NC. According to sources, she was introduced to Ryan Newman, crew chief Tony Gibson, GM Bobby Hutchens and engineer Matt Borland.
I am not sure what to think about the hype talk of Danica Patrick coming over to NASCAR. I love the thought of bringing a female into the Sprint Cup Series but for Danica to come straight into the big leagues without learning the ropes and earning the stripes is not the way to go. Sure, Danica has the name and the sponsors to make any NASCAR team owner happy....but open wheel is no where the same as NASCAR and it will take her a while to find success.
"Danica, I think she's got the talent and everything, but I don't think she knows what she's getting into" Said Juan Pablo Montoya who is in his third season at NSCS after leaving the Open Wheel.
The move from open-wheel to stock cars is difficult, even for the best drivers. Just look at Dario Franchitti who only made it through 10 races in the Sprint Cup. The stock car is completely different than the grip-heavy car that Danica is piloting now and you can read Montoyas explanation on that here.
If she does make the move, it could take place this season. The 2009 IndyCar Series season ends on Oct. 10 and Danica could attempt to qualify for NSCS races, beginning Oct. 17 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. I wonder who her first driver confrontation will be? You know she is going to go after the first guy who puts her into the wall.