Danica Patrick is one of the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. For over a decade, she has carried the weight of being one of the only women in racing culture that is male-dominated. With that being sad, Danica had to been thick skinned to succeed in a sport that has plenty of egos.
However, during Friday’s qualifying for the Pocono 400, Patrick must have been already having a bad day, because she snapped at a fan who was booing her after security turned fans away for autographs. While walking back to the garage from pit road, the 35-year-old Patrick stopped to address the booing fans, urging them to empathize with her celebrity.
“Since I’m old, instead of taking the booing, what I want to tell you is like, I’m doing the very best I can. If you’re a real fan, you know that I’m not just like…my job is not to sign autographs, right? My job is to drive a car and to tell the crew chief what’s going on. I don’t appreciate the booing. It hurts my feelings. I’m a [expletive] person, you know what I mean? I’m a person, too. I have feelings. When you boo me, it hurts my feelings.Okay? Please just be supportive fans. I’ll do everything I can.”
For someone that has made over $60 million, most racing fans don’t have much sympathy for her. So, if they’re mad at you for not signing some stupid t-shirt or poster, just let it go. I know you said your feelings are hurt, but I think your bank account with cheer you right up. No one feels bad for you. Get over it.