Former NASCAR phenom Danica Patrick found herself in a social media firestorm this week when she shared photos from a Turning Point USA event on her Instagram account.
The 39-year-old former racecar driver posted several photos of herself and her sister at the conservative organization’s event, including an advertisement for "Woke Tears Water" and shots of herself wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat.
"Sister came to town to check out @turningpointusa with me! Dad replied to our pic with – perfect daughters," wrote Patrick in the caption. "We do love our country…. so AMfest (America fest) makes sense."
However, her followers were quick to express their disappointment and outrage over her attendance at the event, with many questioning her political stance.
"I had no idea you were like that. That’s disappointing," wrote one person.
Another added, "Oh wow, this is super disappointing. For a minute, I thought this was satire and then I became more and more horrified as a scrolled through the photos. I am speechless, actually."
Many of Patrick’s fans appeared to be so upset with her political views that they threatened to unfollow or even boycott her.
Despite the backlash, Patrick did not address the negative comments and instead focused on sharing photos and videos of her family and Christmas festivities on her Instagram Stories. She also shared a video promoting Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
Patrick, who is originally from Wisconsin, was a rising star in the racing world when she joined the top NASCAR series in 2012. She was the first woman to win a NASCAR Cup Series pole position and holds the record for the highest finish by a female driver in the Daytona 500, coming in eighth place in 2013.
During her seven years in NASCAR, she had seven top-10 finishes and one pole in 191 races before announcing her retirement from competitive racing in 2018.
While Patrick’s political leanings have been the subject of speculation in the past, this is the first time she has publicly aligned herself with a conservative organization. It remains to be seen how her controversial appearance at the Turning Point USA event will affect her fan base and future endeavors.