Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Stewart-Haas Racing owner, Tony Stewart, strongly disagreed against denigrading comments about his driver Danica Patrick.
The comment came from Kyle Petty, a former driver and NASCAR analyst for Fox Sports and TNT, who described Patrick as not being a racecar driver and somebody who is never going to be one.
“When Kyle Petty said the stuff he did, it was way out of line and very inappropriate,” Stewart said during qualifying for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. “When somebody like Kyle beats you up like that, you take it to heart.”
Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion, noted that Patrick could not be blamed for all the struggles as there are a lot of factors that go into a race, with a number being pit-crew related.
According to Patrick, she was told by Stewart that if there’s a problem or an area she has to work on, then she would be informed. But Stewart hasn’t seen anything wrong yet.
“He said we have to work on the cars and make them better, and he thinks I’m doing a good job. That’s the boss … so,” quipped Patrick.
Patrick is 27th in points with one top-10 finish — an eighth in the Daytona 500 where she started on the pole. Her average starting position has been 30.7 and her average finish 25.6.
She is looking forward to her debut in a Cup car at IMS, where she finished third in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 and had six top 10s in seven 500s.