Is Danica in danger of being Anna-ized?
Danica Patrick has been thinking about Anna Kournikova.One season after she burst onto the auto racing scene as a rookie, Patrick has yet to win a race; and that has caused some to draw a comparison between the attractive driver and the Russian tennis beauty who failed to win a WTA singles title during her eight-year career but became a modeling and marketing sensation. She placed eighth at this year's Indianapolis 500. She was fourth last year, and coming into this 500, the extremely media-savvy Patrick apparently came to interview sessions prepared to address the comparison. The 24-year-old driver had at the ready the fact that Kournikova was once ranked second in the world in doubles. (Kournikova actually was ranked No. 1 at one point, but Patrick's research is very impressive, nonetheless.) "Who can say they were No. 2 in the world at anything?" Patrick said. "Not very many people. You have to respect that. If she was just a girl in Russia, maybe she would have been pretty enough to be a model. But you wouldn't have seen her in any advertising."
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