Danica Patrick smiled when a reporter began to ask about her future boss Tony Stewart's surly relationship with the media.
"I'm remembering his interview a few weeks ago just before the Chase," Patrick said Friday at Kansas Speedway. "That was awesome! I sent him a text afterward and I didn't hear back from him, but I was like, 'That was awesome!'"
Patrick was referring to the Richmond media session in which Stewart ripped reporters for not asking what he considered to be "original questions" because he didn't want to discuss the upcoming Chase.
"It's true," Patrick said of Stewart's comments. "Sorry. What he said was kind of true."
The Nationwide Series driver said she couldn't treat the media like Stewart does because she hadn't accomplished enough yet. A driver like Stewart "can kind of say what you want a little more."
"I don't think I'm in a position to do that all the time," she said. "But Tony is, and he's earned his way there. And I would imagine you all respect him."