NASCAR Fans Suggest “Danica Patrick Should’ve Slapped” James Corden for His Disrespectful IndyCar Remarks at Miami GP

Published 05/10/2022, 4:55 PM EDT
KANSAS CITY, KS – OCTOBER 20: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Code 3 Associates Ford, walks to her car on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 20, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Last weekend was the inaugural F1 race in Miami. This race was pretty much the talk of the town, with several celebrities in attendance. Two of them were former IndyCAR driver Danica Patrick and talk show host James Corden. As it turned out, many motorsport fans were outraged at Corden’s behavior towards the IndyCar and NASCAR trailblazer.

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This was because he was cracking several IndyCar-related jokes. He also insinuated that it was extremely easy to drive an IndyCAR car. Considering that Patrick herself was a former driver and winner, fans found his jokes disrespectful and tasteless.

As per Corden’s definition, IndyCar was just going around a track with four corners in the same direction. So, he quipped that it was very easy to compete.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, talks to the media during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Some suggested that the driver get her revenge on the talk show host. To achieve this, she could put him in a two-seater and take him for a spin. The fans hoped that such a stunt would probably scare him to bits.

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Now that she has retired from racing, the former winner has been in the commentary booth often. She has been commentating for a couple of NASCAR races and was in the booth for the inaugural Miami GP. Admittedly, her inclusion led to some mixed reactions from social media. While a few people questioned her limited F1 knowledge, there were plenty of others who backed her to do her station justice.

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Most of the pro-Danica fans cited her various commentary gigs in the past few months. Her resume included NASCAR, IndyCar, SRX and even Formula One itself. So it is safe to say that she is more than qualified to take on the role of a commentator. Even her co-commentators on Sky Sports F1 seemed to enjoy her company in the booth with them.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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