Women in the 500: a sign of the times or the technology?

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Figuring out what accounts for the rise in the number of women driving in the Indianapolis 500 isn't easy.
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Mark B

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May 27, 2007
 
With all due respect, Bobby, I don't understand how the father of a beautiful and vivacious, but delightfully ornery, girl like Cyn would find it so difficult to grasp that some girls have "The Right Stuff", too! To be sure, I miss the days when Indy was a rough and tumble, balls-to-the-wall game for real men from which normal men would flee in fright. I also find Danica Patrick's presumption, which must offend the Gods of Indy no end, to be particularly annoying. Yet, one must admit that the game has changed for all; many of the men now in the race would have been laughed off the track 40 years ago, too.
Frosty

Indianapolis, IN

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#2
May 27, 2007
 
Unser is just covering his tracks because he realized that it might be possible for a woman to win.
Scooter57

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#3
May 27, 2007
 
Face it guys, women have just caught up to us!

Three women in the Indy 500 this year, women driving Top Fuel dragsters & Funny Cars at over 330mph, Pro Stock Drag Bikes. Even Mr. Funny Car himself, John Force, got put on the trailer by his daughter!

I'm willing to bet even red-necked NASCAR will be seeing females as regular racers, if not championship contenders within the next 10 years.

The women on the leading edge of this are still retaining their feminity as they prove they can run with the best of 'em.

I'm glad to see more & more women involved in motorsports beyond spectator or product-model rolls.
gimmicks

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#4
May 27, 2007
 
Plain and simple.

The "females" are gimmicks to generate any form of publicity to attempt to generate interest in the Tony Tantrum George Failed League based on the race formerly known as the Greatest Spectacle in racing, the indy500.*r.i.p.

Odds in the post race inspection:

Milka is really a man. Large hands don't lie. 7-5

Danica is a 12 year old Korean boy with long hair and a really bad attitude. Somebody get this 'racer' chin and breast implants and a personality if she's gonna keep this con job going. 6-5

Sarahs real racing related job is in the kitchen at IMS. That aw shucks homespun stuff is perfect for the gomerfied irl fans and she can probably make some pretty good fried biscuits with apple butter making them feel like they are smack dab in the middle of Brown County chewin on a tenderloin. 2-1

However, in fairness to them, they are better at keeping the high downforce full throttle low tech club cars going longer than Trust Fund Marty Roth, Special Ed the inheritor jr. Carpenter, and the boy who didn't inherit talent, Anthony Futility x4 Foyt.
Race Fan

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May 27, 2007
 
Milka has no business in this race. She is a hazard to the other drivers. I believe Danica has an outside chance to win the race this year. Sarah Fisher - competitive racer just needs more track and race time to get back into it. I have no problem with female drivers. I do have a problem with Milka as I think she lacks Indy Car experience and could be a real hazard to others.
Scooter57

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May 27, 2007
 
gimmicks wrote:
Plain and simple.
The "females" are gimmicks to generate any form of publicity to attempt to generate interest in the Tony Tantrum George Failed League based on the race formerly known as the Greatest Spectacle in racing, the indy500.*r.i.p.
Odds in the post race inspection:
Milka is really a man. Large hands don't lie. 7-5
Danica is a 12 year old Korean boy with long hair and a really bad attitude. Somebody get this 'racer' chin and breast implants and a personality if she's gonna keep this con job going. 6-5
Sarahs real racing related job is in the kitchen at IMS. That aw shucks homespun stuff is perfect for the gomerfied irl fans and she can probably make some pretty good fried biscuits with apple butter making them feel like they are smack dab in the middle of Brown County chewin on a tenderloin. 2-1
However, in fairness to them, they are better at keeping the high downforce full throttle low tech club cars going longer than Trust Fund Marty Roth, Special Ed the inheritor jr. Carpenter, and the boy who didn't inherit talent, Anthony Futility x4 Foyt.
If you are so good, you'd be 'piloting' one of those machines. Instead, you drive a YUGO with your lunch that mommie packed to your job as a WalMart greeter.
Scooter57

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May 27, 2007
 
Race Fan wrote:
Milka has no business in this race. She is a hazard to the other drivers. I believe Danica has an outside chance to win the race this year. Sarah Fisher - competitive racer just needs more track and race time to get back into it. I have no problem with female drivers. I do have a problem with Milka as I think she lacks Indy Car experience and could be a real hazard to others.
Gotta be a rookie someday. Why not today???
LaughingMaterial

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May 27, 2007
 
gimmicks wrote:
Plain and simple.
The "females" are gimmicks to generate any form of publicity to attempt to generate interest in the Tony Tantrum George Failed League based on the race formerly known as the Greatest Spectacle in racing, the indy500.*r.i.p.
Odds in the post race inspection:
Milka is really a man. Large hands don't lie. 7-5
Danica is a 12 year old Korean boy with long hair and a really bad attitude. Somebody get this 'racer' chin and breast implants and a personality if she's gonna keep this con job going. 6-5
Sarahs real racing related job is in the kitchen at IMS. That aw shucks homespun stuff is perfect for the gomerfied irl fans and she can probably make some pretty good fried biscuits with apple butter making them feel like they are smack dab in the middle of Brown County chewin on a tenderloin. 2-1
However, in fairness to them, they are better at keeping the high downforce full throttle low tech club cars going longer than Trust Fund Marty Roth, Special Ed the inheritor jr. Carpenter, and the boy who didn't inherit talent, Anthony Futility x4 Foyt.
LMAO!!! You Sir, should do stand up comedy. But, you forgot the best female moment in Indy racing. The first race in which two females raced, how many laps did it take for them to crash into each other???
We are screwed

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#9
May 27, 2007
 
Pretty women sell a lot of t-shirts, tickets, and interest. But where are the victories that should merit all of the attention??? The real winners are being overshadowed by the sensational interest the press promotes with women racers. At some point the ladies should be expected to produce, otherwise its just a sex sells marketing strategy.

Since: Jan 07

Los Angeles, CA

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#10
May 27, 2007
 
get real people, this will be the year. Danica will win the 500. don't see you out there racin. BAM !!!!
ajwilli32

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#11
May 27, 2007
 
Just 3hours until race and the most
talk is about three drivers who have
know busness in this race. Times have
changed sponors want a brand that can
sell products. And will help sell the race, only in America

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Patrick

Indianapolis, IN

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#12
May 27, 2007
 
I believe this happens to be one of the sports that men and women can compete on an equal basis. Simply does not matter how big, strong, or gender. It comes done to talent, instint, and desire. Yes the cars are different than they were. I would bet many of today's drivers would have a hard time driving a car from the 1930's,40's etc.
Don

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#13
May 27, 2007
 
it's idiotic to suggest that driving a car ever required massive amounts of strength. What it DID require was precision, and that's likely more true today than ever.
Steve

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#14
May 27, 2007
 
I wonder how many women would be racing today if there was a quality field running the Indy 500. Many of the men wouldn't be there either. The sooner the two seperate open wheel series re-join, the better for Indy racing. The Indy 500 while exciting lacks the drama, competence and competitiveness of the classic years when the very best were running
John King

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#15
May 27, 2007
 
I have been a indy fan since the late 40,s And I really feel men should drop the macho thing and admit that there are ladies out there who can really drive. Its only a matter of time gents.
It may take time but someday you will see a lady in the winners circle.
I remember when a lot of guys thought girls could never drive a dragster. Remember Shirley M?

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