Danica Patrick said she “had a moment” when she cursed out a booing fan after qualifying for last week’s race in Pocono, Penn.
“In a perfect world, I would have never walked over there and I’d have just kept going,” she said on Wednesday. “That’s mostly what I do, every single day, if someone boos me, is you just keep walking.
“But every now and again they just catch you in a moment. And I had a moment.”
In a video that went viral last week after the race in Pocono, Patrick stormed over to the booing fan and said, “I’m a person, too. I have feelings. When you boo me, it hurts my feelings.”
Patrick also noted Wednesday that a fan in Pocono went through the security cordon in an attempt to get her autograph.
“I didn’t feel it was right to honor that person for disrespecting the security guard and trying to get past him by signing his stuff,” she said. “So I was put in this awkward situation.”
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On Wednesday, Patrick met with a student-guided tour that focused on influential women in history, and shook every hand that was held out to her in Boston while also signing dozens of autographs.
“Days like today, when you hear that you’re an inspiration, that’s the good part,” she said. “That makes the work, which is sometimes frustrating, worth it.”