SPEEDWAY, Ind. – A quick walk through the Pagoda Plaza on Carb Day found that at least some fans are still not thrilled with Danica Patrick over her "it's not my fault" explanation of her poor qualifying effort last Saturday (see video above).
There seems to be an undercurrent of resentment for IndyCar's most popular star following her tough public comments.
Morton, Ill. resident Phil Fort was at Pole and Carb Days to hear it all.
"Probably like everybody else I was sitting with, I was kind of shocked that she said that about her team," Fort said. "I know she's pretty outspoken. I've met her a couple of times and she's always been nice to me. She probably put her foot in her mouth and didn't realize what she was saying.
"Don't put your team down, especially when she's on the big video screen like she was, because everybody booed her."
Indeed, when Patrick was shown on the Pagoda video board as she prepared to face off against Helio Castroneves in the pit stop competition, she received a fair share of criticism from fans.
"I mean, she says she's all about the Indianapolis 500 and the month of May," Jackson said. "She's the heart of the sport ... I don't resent [her going to NASCAR]. Absolutely not. Because she's making the money. But with what she says she does, she should stick to open-wheel racing."