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Reasons To Celebrate: Brian France's Approach After 10 Years Gaining Respect In NASCAR
Published November 15, 2013
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR DANICA? FS1's Jimmy Spencer noted NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is "not being received really well right now for as long as she's been in the sport," but her Stewart-Haas Racing team is "not that good." Spencer said Patrick "could hang around for a while" if SHR co-Owner Tony Stewart "can get the damn team straightened out." FS1's Dave Despain said, "She'll hang around as long as she wants. ... Her career has never been about performance. It's about celebrity. As long as she remains a celebrity, she'll have a sponsor and as long as she has a sponsor, she can stay in NASCAR." Spencer said even though "you need sponsors to survive in the sport, the fans can turn on these sponsors." Spencer: "That's the only reason why the sponsors stay in this sport. To me, Danica is going to have to perform whether she has a sponsor or not" ("NASCAR Race Hub," FS1, 11/14).