Danica Patrick turned the racing world on its ear by giving one of the best performances by a rookie in the 89 year history of the Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day Race.
At 23 years old, this 5’2″ 100 lb race car driver came in at 4th place in Sunday’s race despite the fact that she found herself at the back of the pack on two separate occasions. If it wasn’t for the fact that she was running on fumes for the last few laps and had to relinquish her lead to conserving fuel so that she could finish, there was a good chance she could have taken the checkered flag. She made history by being the first woman to ever lead the race (she was out front for 19 of the 250 laps).
During post race interviews, if a reporter asked her how she felt about doing so much for women in racing, she would bristle at the comment. Her reply was; “I made a hell of a point for anybody, are you kidding me?”.
Way to go Danica!
The term “woman driver” is typically used as part of a negative stereotype of female driving skills. I decided to check the statistics to see what foundation there is for this often-used phrase and I found that, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA)
“The male fatal crash involvement rate per 100,000 population was 3 times as high as for female drivers in 1994. Female drivers continue to exhibit safer driving statistics than male drivers. Males accounted for 67 percent of total fatalities, 68 percent of all pedestrian fatalities, and 86 percent of all pedal cyclist fatalities in 1994. 22 percent of male drivers involved in fatal crashes were intoxicated compared to 11 percent of female drivers. 37 percent of female drivers involved in fatal crashes were unrestrained at the time of the crash compared to 47 percent for male drivers involved in fatal crashes.”
I have seen just as many male drivers make stupid moves while driving as female drivers. I believe that it comes from a person’s attitude towards driving and not their gender.
Rather than say any more, I will leave it to you. Will you touch this one with a 10 foot pole? Well, here is the pole so let’s hear what you think.
I found this “True Story” on the net:
“I tell you, women drivers are a hazard to traffic. Driving to work this morning on I-95 I look over to my left and there’s this woman in a Mustang doing 65 miles per hour with her face up next to her rear view mirror putting on her eyeliner! I look away for a couple seconds and when I look back she’s halfway over in my lane. Scared me so bad I dropped my electric shaver in my coffee.”