Danica Patrick puts reporter in his place at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 24:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet, walks through the garage area prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 24: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet, walks through the garage area prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick didn’t need a diversity program to get into racing. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series has always tried to be more of racecar driver who happens to be a woman, than a woman who wants to be a racecar driver. Many people who work around NASCAR or are fans of Patrick are quite aware of this fact. Unfortunately, not all are.

Friday at Martinsville Speedway during a media availability, a local reporter learned first hand the view Patrick has on whether a diversity program helped her to get into racing. The reporter pointed out that the track was presenting a Grandfather clock for the 50th time and Wendell Scott, a driver credited with being the first African-American to win a NASCAR race was being honored. He then added that it also “brings to light sort of the discussion of the diversity in NASCAR and with you…”

“I have never benefited from the Diversity Program,” Patrick said. MORE>>>

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