Danica Patrick Indy Racer is HOT Under the Collar (Photos)


Danica Patrick is hopping mad and there isn't anything she can do about it. The Indy racer is highly critical of a new ruling that she feels will penalize her for being 5 ft. 2 in. tall and 100 pounds soaking wet. The 26 year old will have to add weight to her race car to compensate for her lighter size.

The new rule is being set to equalize the playing field. Those who are heavy set may be able to remove some weight from their vehicles. Patrick is only one of two females who race on this particular circuit. She has not yet had a victory in her four seasons. With the potential change to her vehicle, she envisions that it will be just that much more challenging.

The 2008 season will kickoff March 29, under the lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2). The race will be the first since open-wheel racing unified on Feb. 22, moving forward under the banner of the IndyCar Series and the sanctioning of the Indy Racing League.

Patrick is one of 26 cars are entered in the event, making it the first race since 2001 that the season will start with that many cars on the track. It also is the first time since 2003 that a race other than the Indianapolis 500 has featured that many starters.  She's also got a lead foot off the track.

We've got photos of Danica after the jump. To check out Danica Patrick's first Indy WIN! Click HERE.

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