Race car driver Danica Patrick will host a new reality show on Time Warner's CW Network for the fall 2007 season. The Danica Patrick TV show will tentatively be called "Women Drivers." Female contestants will compete to see who is the best driver, with the winner getting a slot in the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
In the first four episodes, judges Danica Patrick, Shirley Muldowney and Janet Guthrie will travel to four cities where contestants will demonstrate their driving skills. Five will be chosen from each city, for a total of twenty, to go to the finals in Las Vegas.
For each of the remaining ten weeks of the Danica Patrick TV show, contestants will drive in races. In the early races, the top three drivers will get some kind of special reward, like a trip in a helicopter, while the losing drivers will have to perform unpleasant tasks, such as working as showgirls in a casino. At the end of each of these episodes, some of the losing drivers will be voted off. Once the show gets down to five drivers, race results will be all that matters. The show will feature a variety of races, including traditional Indy, Nascar, and Formula 1. Early episodes will also feature wacky races, such as a cab race on crowded New York City streets.
A spokesman for CW denied that the show will have staged car accidents to increase viewership: "We won't need to stage any accidents. These women just don't drive well."
There has been some speculation that one episode may be done in conjunction with the Time Warner's HBO TV show Cathouse, which is set at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, a brothel, in Nevada. Danica Patrick refused to comment on that idea in an interview, and further refused to answer questions about whether Danica Patrick naked would add a lot of viewers. Then she slugged the interviewer.
Early buzz for the show is good, with advertisers excited about Danica Patrick as a hot property and a strong draw on TV. The car accidents are also expected to draw a substantial number of viewers.