I thought the most interesting part of the article was the quote from Brad Keselowski:
"She will go down as the best female NASCAR driver of all time. Will likely take decades to see anyone even challenge her legacy," Brad Keselowski posted on Twitter. He later added in a second post: "I have come to accept that mankind never knows or appreciates what it has until its gone. NASCAR fans will miss her badly in time."
First of all, it's interesting because that sounds to me like he is thinking that her Nascar days are done, and seems like he's holding the door wide open to assist with the exit. I don't think she's said that exactly yet. I read her comments as she isn't done yet Brad....
He mentiones that it will take decades (that's plural, as in 20, 30, 40 years) before anyone even challenges her legacy... Again, Brad assumes that this is the end of her career, and the beginning of her "legacy." And, I'm assuming by legacy, he's narrowly defining it as being a female racer, mainly in Nascar's cup series, and not legacy as in "a driver", without regard to gender.
Seems like a long time for the world to wait for a female racer to come along and top 1 pole and 7 top tens in 180 starts, although, I do think Danica's Indy car years (and specifically her Indy 500 experience) is certainly respectable, and I would agree that I do think her leading the Indy 500, and leading Daytona is a unique accomplishment that I'm not even sure if any racer, male or female, will repeat. (Kyle Larson maybe?)
Last point: Everybody loves an underdog... After the lack of performance and/or results that Danica has had over the past few years, (last 2 seasons specifically) I think the timing is really right for her to have one more shot at being super popular - with all fans. Even us grizzold old guys out there love a comeback story... And if she does end up in a new ride in 2018, and has any level of success (and adds to her legacy Brad), it'd be one heck of a storyline.
I honestly don't know if she has the ability, and at this point, I don't know if she'll get another chance.