Unquestionably, Danica Patrick's full-time transition to NASCAR will be the No. 1 motor sports story of the year, yet don't expect her to give you many details on social media.
Patrick has set up to golden rules for her massively popular @DanicaPatrick Twitter account. She doesn't spend much time talking shop, and she won't ever let fans know her whereabouts. Her profile states "If you want to get to know me away from the track, you're in the right place."
"If I talk about somewhere I've been, it's because I'm already gone," Patrick told the USA Today's Nate Ryan. "I do it afterward because of safety insecurity, and I don't want people following. I don't want any trouble. I don't think you can ever be too safe. … "Nothing might ever happen, but you have to be careful. I'm not going to talk about the restaurants I go to because I want to keep going there. I'm not going to talk about where I am or where I live or what I'm doing because it's dangerous. Privacy is already hard enough. I don't need to self-inflict any more problems on myself."
Racing's golden girl has over 466,000 followers, second highest total in NASCAR. Only Juan Pablo Montoya, (@JPMontoyawith almost 469,000 followers has more fan support. Dale Earnhardt Jr. would most likely blow away everyone in NASCAR but he's yet to send a tweet from his page @DaleJr.
Besides not talking racing and about her location, Patrick won't be creating any Floyd Mayweather type controversy with anything she says on her Twitter page.
"It's a very slippery slope," she said. "Good God, I spend plenty of time trying to say the right thing and not get in trouble in the media when they're writing the story. Why would I write something that gets me in trouble? So you have to be careful. You can't have opinions. You can't talk about politics."
In other words, Danica fans are getting a cleaned up, censored version of her thoughts on life.
"The last thing I'm thinking about when I'm in the car is sending a tweet," Patrick said. "I'm not thinking about, 'God, I wish people could know that,' because guess what? There's probably a camera in my face. If you want to know about racing, it's not hard to figure out what's going on. But what is hard to figure out is what I'm doing that night when nobody's looking, when I'm inside my bus or my house. So I feel like it really generates the fan base and lets them get to know me, and it engages different fans. Somebody is a fan of me all of a sudden because I cheer for the (Chicago) Bears, or because I like wine."
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