Lindsey Vonn vs Danica Patrick in the B factors

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 7, 2010 12:30 pm

A sixth place finish never looked so impressive.  IndyCar star Danica Patrick made her stock car racing debut on Saturday at the Lucas Oil Slick Miss 200.  It was a serious baptism-by-fire for Patrick, who experienced all that stock car racing is in one single race.

“It was a lot of fun. I bumped from the side, I bumped from the front, I got bumped from the back. I learned a lot and I had so much fun in a race car today,” Patrick said. 

Some of that bumping came from Nelson Picquet, sending Patrick spinning onto the grass on Lap 54.  Finding herself back in 24th, Patrick made an amazing run in ending the day sixth.

So is car racing’s feminine best a match for ski racing’s feminine best?  Vail’s Lindsey Vonn heads to the Winter Olympics as the winningest American woman ski racer of all time.  Two more wins and she’ll be the winningest American, period.  The 25-year-old has become the platform vehicle for NBC to sell the Winter Olympics to Anytown, America.  And with good reason. 

“Linsey is authentic,” NBC’s executive producer for the Olympics, David Neal told the LA Times.  “She’s very telegenic.  She’s the best woman skier in the world.  Lindsey has the whole package — athletic ability, personality.  She’s the sort of person that is made for television.”

Breaking it down with the three Bs — brains, beauty, bravery — we cross sports genre to compare the two ladies.

Brains
Both sports require brains beyond the boys locker room. 

Beauty
Yes, Danica has posed for FHM, but Danica tries to look sexy, Lindsey Vonn is sexy

Bravery
Both sports can kill you.  Going 200 miles an hour in a hunk of metal is impressive, but going 90 while sliding on a two sheets of metal is more impressive.

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