Danica gets all the great interviews

Posted by Iannucci | 10/25/2007 | 8 comments »
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I don’t know who this guy interviewing Danica Patrick is, and for all I know he may be amusing in some other venue. Like say his kitchen. But this here is just flat out dumb, because not only is she referred to meaninglessly as the “Highest ranking woman to race Indy 500” but he also keeps playing up how strong her handshake is. My, how very 2005 of him.

Right about now I’m really missing the Indy Insider. He might ask Danica if she’s ever been in a cage, but I know Arni would NEVER ask a driver such inane questions as “Have you ever crashed?” and “Does it hurt?” Does it hurt? Uh, yes, but not as much as being not funny hurts.

By the way, I think The Princess dropped one on him when she said Mr Hospenthal was “getting a ride by Michael Andretti out on the track”. Riiiiight!

Meanwhile in an only slightly less ridiculous interview, USA Today pulls the double by asking Danica about both the N-Word and the K-Word. How original. At least they managed to print her reasons why she hasn’t gone to tin tops:

"I could have made a truckload if I wanted to. But that's not where my heart is right now. I love to see the growth and expansion of IndyCar. People working hard. More people watching it."


  1. pressdog // October 25, 2007 3:02 PM  

    Gives us something to aspire to, Jeffy. For sure now I can see why us blogger types are kept a minimum of 1000 yards away from Her Highness while real professionals like this guy get to talk to her. It's all so clear to me now.

  2. Jeff Iannucci // October 25, 2007 4:20 PM  

    Maybe if we had better hair...

  3. mmack // October 26, 2007 6:46 AM  


    Comp Her Highness a Pressdog "It's a festival of carbon fiber" T-shirt and Pressdog.com hat and the exclusive interview is a lead pipe cinch. Y'know, quid pro quo.


    Time to develop some My Name is IRL.com swag to send to Andretti-Green racing for Danica!. Hats are good. Danica! can always use more hats to practice the Victory Lane "Hat Dance".

  4. Jeff Iannucci // October 26, 2007 8:00 AM  

    What exactly should the "swag" look like? Should I stick with the nametag logo or do something else?

    BTW - A few months ago I started toying around with the logo to include a hand-drawn outline of a car, but I haven't really done anything with it. Any ideas are welcome.

  5. pressdog // October 26, 2007 8:50 AM  

    I been bugging jeff for some IRL merchandise for a long time. Love the nametag logo. I was thinking of a shirt with this on the back: "I'm tight with pressdog, who is TIGHT with Danica."

  6. mmack // October 26, 2007 10:11 AM  


    I second Pressdog's shirt idea. It's like Six Degrees of Carbon Fiber Separation!

  7. john clerk // October 26, 2007 1:15 PM  

    I have no art talent, or any vision at all on proper swag. I leave swag and blogging to the Pros!

  8. mmack // October 27, 2007 10:41 AM  


    That video was so terrible I think it warped the time-space continuum. You, Pressdog and Arni could be funnier and more coherent interviewing Danica! after an afternoon of Tecate and tequilla shots.