Danica Patrick is 28th in the NASCAR Cup standings, and she is not happy about it. In fact, this season – which she said would be Cup or bust – has been, in a word, “frustrating.”
“There’s definitely been many points that feel like that,” Patrick said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “But ’tis life, right? Do your best and forget the rest.”
While 28th is far from ideal for Patrick, she would likely be unhappy with anything lower than, well, first. That’s the nature of being a highly competitive female in a male-dominated field.
Or is it?
“I think you just have to be a competitive person, period,” she said. “I don’t think that just because it’s male-dominated means that I have to be more (competitive). I think you either have enough competitiveness in you and confidence, or you don’t. So for me, that’s just how I’m wired. But you definitely have to keep your confidence up. I think that’s the hardest thing. I think that’s the hardest thing because there are so many potential factors with racing especially. In some ways, it’d be nice if it was you and the racquet or you and the club or whatever. But then on the other hand, then that’s much more of a head-case situation because you really only know it’s you then. So there are things that are out of your control as a race-car driver, and that’s frustrating. But it’s a team sport, definitely. From the outside looking in, it might look like it’s just a driver, but it’s very much a team sport.”
Patrick, 35, has been an elite driver for the past decade and beyond. She loves to win, yes, but she also loves the challenge.
“I think if you’re going to get to the top level of anything, you’re inevitably going to be challenged,” she said. “So if you love what you’re doing, then you’re up for it. It’s just going to happen. If you want to be good at anything or accomplish a lot, there are going to be challenges. That’s just going to be completely inevitable.”