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Danica briefly addresses Richard Petty comments

April 01, 2014, Staff report,

Sprint Cup Series driver asked about Petty's comments on FOX News

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As she has all along, Danica Patrick graciously chose the high road again Tuesday morning during a live appearance on FOX News that briefly raised the topic of NASCAR champion’s Richard Petty’s February remarks about her.

"I have respect for my elders," Patrick said, perhaps hoping to quell the topic for good.

"People are going to judge what [Petty] says, but I’m not going to. I have the faith and belief of Tony Stewart, the people around me, the people who own the team, and that’s what matters."

Patrick gave her brief reply near the end of a four-minute segment on FOX & Friends morning show, where she was promoting the CAN-AM SPYDER RT.

After having Patrick read a sports news story about baseball instant replay being used in the Opening Day game between the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, host Brian Kilmeade asked the second year Sprint Cup driver about the situation with the seven-time champion.

Speaking to a motorsports expo show in Canada, Petty said in February that Patrick received more attention for her racing because she was a female in a male-dominated sport not because of her on-track efforts then suggested that last year's Daytona 500 pole winner would likely never win a Sprint Cup race.

After Patrick answered the initial question regarding Petty, Elisabeth Hasselbeck followed up by asking Patrick if she expected to always be fighting for respect.

"I’ve thought about this a lot and I think that everybody has to fight for it, whether you’re a girl or a guy or you’re new,’’ said Patrick, who drives the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Stewart Haas Racing.

"There will always be some that you don’t make believers and that’s perfectly fine. It  makes for an interesting conversation, I suppose."

You can see the full interview with Danica here.


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