Danica Patrick Booed At Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Danica Patrick has experienced a new

sensation at the Indianapolis 500 - getting booed.

IndyCar's most popular driver heard fans' displeasure Saturday

when her comments blaming a poor qualifying performance on her

car's setup were broadcast over the racetrack public address


She was far from challenging for a spot on the front row after

averaging 224.217 mph on four laps during the first of three

possible runs during qualifying.

Patrick, by far the leader in merchandise sales and visibility

in the series, appeared upset when she talked about the reaction.

Patrick said her car has been loose throughout the week of

practice. Her Andretti Autosport teammates also are struggling.

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