Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

These mostly-SFW photos of Danica Patrick straddling a Cobra for the 2009 SI Swimsuit Issue join the showering Danica commercial in providing more buzz for her brand and more eye candy for teenage boys.

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Danica Patrick Straddles A Cobra In New SI Swimsuit Issue

Patrick has proven herself as a driver by being the first woman to win an Indy Car race, which has nothing to do with her being the first Indy driver we'd be okay with seeing in a bikini (sorry Andrettis). In the end, this is more of the well-coordinated campaign to make Danica Patrick simultaneously a: sex symbol, pioneer for women in motorsports, bankable marketing figure, and relevant athlete. Thanks to Graverobber for the tip!

[More photos of Danica and other quasi-athletic women in swimwear at the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Microsite]