Indy Car betting action has been a struggle for Patrick this year as she has an auto racing betting mark of zero wins and just 1 top five and 5 top ten finishes this year.
Many of her critics have said all along that she was overrated and only given special attention because she was one of the better female drivers to come along. She also caused quite a stir last year with a racy swimsuit photo spread in Sports Illustrated.
This year she has split time with both her Indy Car duties as well as the NASCAR Nationwide series. Many auto racing experts think that she has no business in NASCAR and that she is spreading herself too thin.
All of the hype has also driven down her board value for gamblers who refuse to lay out expensive prices for a driver producing few results.
Patrick is off to the worst start in her career and ranks 11th in the Indy Car points standings. She has had bad qualifying efforts and has clashed with her Andretti Autosport crew by calling them out for what she claimed to be poor setups on the car.
Patrick is also adamant that her driving for JR Motorsports in NASCAR is not the problem for her slump in 2010.
“It’s just a really easy think to look at, an easy excuse,” said Patrick. “I don’t think there’s anything to it.”
“There’s been a series of things have gone wrong,” said Patrick. “I can’t put my finger into exactly one thing.”
Patrick is not at all shy about pointing out that other big names in car racing betting have also split time between Indy cars and the stock cars in the Nationwide NASCAR series. Big names such as Tony Steward and AJ Foyt, not to mention Mario Andretti himself, drove in both circuits.
Patrick signed with Andretti Autosports to compete for the Indy Car betting title but is struggling to keep pace with teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, and Marco Andretti.
Patrick is trying to maintain focus and not let the results and criticism get to her.
“I’m trying not to get upset, trying not to take the focus away from what’s important and that’s working hard,” she said.