NASCAR's Danica Patrick reacts to Petty's criticism

Patrick says criticism sparked positive results

Published On: Feb 13 2014 11:21:49 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 13 2014 01:45:28 PM EST
Danica Patrick
DAYTONA, Fla. -

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is responding to Hall of Famer Richard Petty's criticism.

Speaking at Daytona 500 media day Thursday, Patrick says the seven-time champion is entitled to his opinion. She adds that good things could come from it.

Patrick says, "As I said the last time somebody said something that was not so positive for me, it spawns so many positive articles. I love the conversation that it creates in sport, and across the board it makes sports interesting. It makes life interesting when people have different perspectives, and that's fine with me."

Petty said last week that Patrick can only win a Sprint Cup race "if everybody else stayed home."

Petty, speaking at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto, also said Patrick gets attention because she's a woman, but added that publicity is good for NASCAR.