Do any of the other female Indy Car drivers get a similarly disproportionate amount of attention?
We don’t really get coverage of Indycar here in Australia, but I don’t think the other girls get more coverage than they really warrant. Aside from Patrick, there’s only really three other women in Indycar at the moment – Simon de Silvestro, Ana Beatriz and Pippa Mann (who is only doing a four-race campaign). And of the four women, Patrick is 12th in the championship, de Silvestro is 20th, Beatriz is 22nd and Mann is 37th.
I don’t think any of them could reasonably move over. Danica Patrick is doing both Indycar and NASCAR this year, and all her best results are coming on oval circuits. She really struggles on road courses. On the other hand, Simona de Silvestro’s best results come on road courses, but she is a little prone to crashing out. Ana Beatriz is all over the place; she has both good and bad results at ovals and road courses. As for Pippa Mann, she’s only doing a limited-run campaign, sso it’s a little hard to judge.
If one of these women were to move to Formula 1, they’d probably have to spend a season in GP2 first – but this would be a step down. They’re all already in Indycar, which is the highest-ranked series in American open-wheel racing. Going to GP2 would be like going backwards for them, even if GP2 and Indycar are very similar because they are both spec series. It would be their best opportunity to break into Formula 1. But, as has been said, they would be held to a much higher standard than male drivers, simply because the future of women in Formula 1 would rest on their shoulders.