It’s possible, if you aren’t a fan of the sport, that Danica Patrick is the only NASCAR driver you know. Or you might only know her as that GoDaddy.com girl. Either way, Danica is one of the most popular athletes in one of the most popular sports in America. In fact, in 2011 she was Yahoo’s most searched athlete.
All this and she’s never won a NASCAR race. In Patrick's defense this is her first year as a full-time NASCAR driver, but she's only won one Indy car race during her seven years in open-wheel racing and never finished a season ranked higher than fifth. This is not to say that she is not a skilled driver as she is usually competitive and has racked up several respectable finishes at major races, including the Indy 500.
But her resume by itself does not scream "superstar." Unless she quickly finds a way to the winner's circle in NASCAR, Patrick is destined to end up much like Anna Kournikova, better known for her looks than her skills.