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Jimmie Johnson Says Danica Patrick is Not Ready for NASCAR

Written by:
Dan Shapiro
Published on:
May/21/2009

Jimmie Johnson to Danica Patrick:  "Come on over, although not until you're ready. And, trust me, you're not ready."

That was his advise to the Go Daddy spokesperson who is contemplating a jump over to NASCAR. 

His suggestion is for Patrick to re-sign with the Indy Racing League and spend her free time driving on minor league stock car circuits so she can learn to handle the vastly different machine. It's not her lack of talent, he says, it's her lack of experience, according to Yahoo Sports.

"If she's serious about doing it, she needs to spend a year or two, while racing IRL, running ARCA, running trucks, running Nationwide and really understanding the difference in the vehicles," Johnson told Yahoo! Sports last week.

"Otherwise, she's going to be put in a tough situation. ... You can't just show up in the Cup Series and go."

Oddsmakers at BetUS.com posted the following odds on the Indy 500:

Scott Dixon  15/4

Helio Castroneves  15/4

Dario Franchitti  13/2

Danica Patrick  9/1

Ryan Briscoe  11/2

Tony Kanaan  17/2

Marco Andretti  12/1

Dan Wheldon  18/1

Graham Rahal  18/1

Will Power  30/1

Paul Tracy  20/1

Hideki Mutoh  40/1

Vitor Meira  25/1

Robert Doornbos  50/1

Alex Tagliani  50/1

Scott Sharp  40/1

Justin Wilson  50/1

John Andretti  80/1

Ryan Hunter Reay  60/1

Ed Carpentier  80/1

Mario Moraes  90/1

EJ Viso  125/1

Raphael Matos  125/1

AJ Foyt IV  125/1

Davey Hamilton  150/1

Alex Lloyd  100/1

Milka Duno  250/1

Mike Conway  250/1

Sarah Fisher  200/1

Indy 500 Match-up Odds:

Helio Castroneves  14/19

Scott Dixon  21/20

Dario Franchitti  9/10

Ryan Briscoe  14/17

Tony Kanaan  14/17

Danica Patrick  9/10

Graham Rahal  13/20

Will Power  6/5

Ryan Hunter Reay  19/20

Robert Doornbos  4/5

Scott Dixon  5/8

Tony Kanaan  13/10

Dario Franchitti  12/17

Tony Kanaan  11/10

Helio Castroneves  9/14

Ryan Briscoe  5/4

Tony Kanaan  11/16

Marco Andretti  23/20

Danica Patrick  14/17

Marco Andretti  9/10

Will Power  11/16

Justin Wilson  23/20

Dan Wheldon  4/5

Paul Tracy  19/20

Dan Wheldon  5/8

Hideki Mutoh  13/10

Hideki Mutoh  14/17

Vitor Meira  9/10

Alex Tagliani  19/20

Robert Doornbos  4/5

Alex Tagliani  14/17

Ryan Hunter Reay  9/10

Robert Doornbos  14/17

Oriol Servia  9/10

Alex Tagliani  4/5

Oriol Servia  19/20

Will there be an 'out of the car' confrontation?

Yes  2/1

No  1/3

Which continent will the winner be from?

Europe  2/1

South America  7/4

Australia/New Zealand  11/4

North America  3/1

Asia  40/1

What will be the fastest recorded lap time?

Over 40 seconds  10/13

Under 40 seconds  10/11

Which row will produce the Indy 500 Winner?

Row 1  5/4

Row 2-3  7/4

Row 4-5  7/2

Row 6+  6/1

How many cars will finish on the lead lap?

Over 10.5  5/6

Under 10.5  5/6 

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