Obviously, The King wasn’t overly impressed with Patrick’s career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas nearly two weeks ago.
“So far I haven’t been proven wrong,” Petty told The Tennessean about Patrick’s development as a Sprint Cup driver.
During an appearance at an auto performance show in Canada in mid-January, Petty began what became a war of words with Patrick and her team co-owner, Tony Stewart, saying the only way Patrick would ever win a Sprint Cup race was “If everybody else stayed home.”
Stewart offered to provide cars for a race with Patrick, who eventually said she’d be up to the task of racing Petty, who last drove a stock car competitively in 1992.
There’s been no comment from the Patrick camp on Petty’s latest salvo.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.