The reporter asked me to comment on Danica, and I proceeded to tell her what a good job she is doing in the Rahal Letterman Racing car, and that I felt she was a talented driver with a good chance to win Indy – something I haven’t been able to do in 10 attempts. I also told the reporter that Danica – or anyone else her size (approx. 100 pounds) – has an advantage on any driver that weighs more than her because of the way the rules are written in the IRL. She should and will take advantage of this rule.
I think Danica Patrick is fast at Indy because she is a good driver driving for the defending Indianapolis 500 winning team. If she wins it will be great for the IRL and for motorsports as a whole. But when the day comes that I get to compete at Indy again, I hope that the IRL will take the driver’s weight into consideration – if not, I’m going on a diet, but I don’t think I can loose the 100 pounds I would be looking for.