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Should A Race Ticket Guarantee You An Autograph From A Driver?


Every race fan deserves to get an autograph from their favorite driver when they attend a race, right? I mean, it’s expected that when you spend your hard earned money on a ticket to see a race at your local track, or even a track that you had to travel hundreds of miles to, it’s your right to get an autograph. At least that’s what some fans thought when they attended last weeks race at Pocono, and driver Danica Patrick was booed for not stopping for fans who wanted autographs. She addressed those fans, and it was caught on Facebook live. Here was her explanation:

I do the very best I can. I mean, if you’re a real fan, you know that I’m not…that’s not my job to sign autographs. My job is to drive the car and tell the crew chief what’s going on…I don’t appreciate the booing. It hurts my feelings. I’m a (expletive) person…you know what I mean? I’m a person too. I have feelings. When you boo me, it hurts my feelings. OK?. So please be supportive of me. When I came from over here, my car was over there. I can only do so much. I have to get in the car. So, Please understand that.

When she was exiting, a fan spoke up and said “Danica, thank you for your hard work.” And he didn’t even get an autograph. Imagine that.

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Right after I sent out this tweet, I heard from big names such as Claire B Lang (Sirius XM Radio), who said there is no guarantee, that they try but it’s not promised, and The Godfather of racing himself Dave Moody (also Sirius XM Radio) said that he will be discussing the topic at some length on tomorrow night’s program.

SO what about the F bomb Danica dropped?

This may been said in the heat of the moment, but typically NASCAR drivers try and stay as professional as they can when addressing the fans. Admittedly the F bomb was not called for, but let’s call it a Freudian slip on her part, and give her the benefit of the doubt. The race was long, the temperatures were hot, and she was just trying to do her job, which, according to her, is to drive the car and talk to the crew chief.

Just don’t forget about the fans, Danica.

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