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.