We could be asking ourselves different questions in the world of motorsport. Like where?s Michael Schumacher, where?s Mark Martin, why is Ryan Hunter-Reay the highest scoring Andretti driver, why has Taku Sato been so disappointing and why aren?t talented drivers like Rahal, Carpenter and Tracy getting more regular drives (especially Rahal)?
So where has she gone? A driving force in women?s racing languishing at the back of the field, with the likes of Vitor Meira and the rookies.
She lies eleventh in the standings after an unspectacular season by anyone?s standards, but the individual stats speak for themselves:
- She?s qualified outside the top 20 on six different occasions, including the Indy 500, where she was almost was bumped from a guaranteed spot in the field on Pole Day.
- Out of 1533 laps turned (from a possible 1539), which is pretty reliable; no DNFs, she has only lead one lap, which was Texas, where she looked very competitive.
- Five top ten finishes from 12 leaves her the worst performer of the full-time Andretti team-mates.
- Dips into NASCAR haven?t helped. All the hype surrounding Danica and her forays into stock car racing, while well publicised, haven?t ended well, with best result being 24th, 2 laps down.
She finished 21st after starting 22nd, the last driver on the lead lap behind inexperienced rookies such as Carroll (second race), Hildebrand (first race), Lloyd (made up seven spaces to finish 13th) and Baguette.
Could it be the double commitments are hampering her performances? Narain Karthekeyan, who drives in the Truck series, has said doing it and doing Superleague Formula is tough, and switching driving styles is whole new challenge (although he has got one win in Superleague, and has been competitive in the CWTS).
Any thoughts? What?s wrong with Danica?
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