Danica Patrick set multiple records for female race car drivers, including being the first woman to lead the Indy 500 and the first woman to win the Daytona 500 pole position.
Car racing is, without a doubt, among the most popular sports, and Danica Patrick remains the brightest star in the sport. She is a former world-class race car racer who was born in the state of Wisconsin. She began racing go-karts with her sister at the age of ten and dropped out of high school to pursue a racing career in England. She finished second in the Formula Ford Festival and got a contract with Rahal Letterman Racing in 2002.
Three years later, during the Indianapolis 500, the celebrity took the lead. She then went on to win the IndyCar series. Danica has collected a total of dozens of honors throughout her professional career. In 2018, she chose to stop competing in order to avoid losing her sponsorship, and instead began hosting a podcast called Pretty Intense.
Other Projects and Post-Racing Career
Patrick received countless media chances due to her unique status as a female race car driver, as well as her youth and stunning looks. She was a host on Spike TV, appeared in commercials and music videos, and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Danica: Crossing the Line, her autobiography, was published in 2006.
Patrick started manufacturing wine through her Somnium Vineyard in Deer Park, California, and launched the Warrior apparel line to prepare for her post-racing future. Pretty Intense: The 90-Day Mind, Body, and Food Plan That Will Totally Change Your Life was published in 2017.
Patrick launched Pretty Intense, an uplifting weekly podcast, in August 2019. Former baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and feminist Gloria Steinem were among her first guests.
Regardless of the fact that her racing career is over, the star has other commitments. She has, for example, appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, hosted a show on Spike TV, appeared in ads and even music videos, and so on. The introduction of her autobiography, Danica: Crossing the Line, was one of the most important things she did. As a result of the book’s success, she went on to publish two more volumes.
Who is Danica Patrick dating right now?
Patrick’s dating life had been the subject of speculation prior to Rodgers, including claimed hookups with Drake and Eminem. There is no indication that she had a relationship with either of those artists, but we do know about a couple other men she dated before to her present beau. Here are some of the women with whom the former racing car driver has previously dated and gone down the aisle.
Paul Hospenthal, 2004-2013
They had previously married. Before she met and married her now-ex-husband, physical therapist Paul Hospenthal, nothing was known about Patrick’s love life. They met in 2002 while she was looking for treatment for a hip injury she sustained while doing yoga, and they married three years later.
Patrick gushed to USA Today in February 2012 about how the Scottsdale, Ariz. physical therapist — who is 17 years her senior and owns and operates his own clinic — instilled in her a frugality that she still practices today.
Patrick went to see Hospenthal, a physical therapist, when she was healing from a hip injury. In 2004, the couple got engaged and married the following year. Patrick went so far as to convert to Catholicism in order to marry Hospenthal. But it wasn’t meant to be, and the couple decided to call it quits on their marriage, which Patrick announced on Facebook.
“I am sorry to inform my followers that Paul and I have decided to end our marriage amicably after 7 years,” she wrote. “This isn’t easy for either of us, but we’ve reached this point together. He has been a significant person and friend in my life, and we will continue to be so moving forward.”
Their divorce was finalized in 2013.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2013
In 2013, as a newly minted bachelorette, Patrick entrusted her heart to Ricky Stenhouse Jr., a fellow NASCAR driver who, at the time, was a rising star in his own right at just 25 years old.
“I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard,” she said at the time, confirming their relationship with The Associated Press.
Given the competitive nature of their sport, Patrick and Stenhouse threw verbal punches throughout their relationship, and she declared herself a better driver than the budding racer on FOX Sports Radio in March 2016.
Patrick has also shown an interest in remarrying. Patrick said in a documentary filmed by sports reporter and anchor Hannah Storm that she had frozen her eggs in the case she wanted to have children, despite the fact that she wouldn’t be able to do so with Stenhouse.
Aaron Rodgers, 2017
In January 2018, speculations about Patrick’s developing relationship with Aaron Rodgers gained traction. A rep for the “Pretty Intense” podcast host and businesswoman acknowledged to Fox News at the time that she was in love with the Super Bowl-winning gunslinger again.
Patrick was 35 at the time of the announcement, while Rodgers, 34, was coming off a high-profile three-year engagement with actress Olivia Munn, which ended in April 2017. He was the first-person Patrick met at The ESPYs in 2012, according to The Associated Press.
She recalled, “I told him a long time ago that I’d always root for him as a player.” “Right now, I’m probably going to root for the entire team.” Remove the word “likely.” Now I’m going to support the entire team.”
Rodgers told ESPN the same year that dating when all eyes are on you isn’t always simple.
He stated, “When you’re living out a relationship in the public view, it’s obviously… it’s challenging.” “There are some additional limits because you have different perspectives on your relationship, how it affects your work, and just some inappropriate connections… There are certain terrible media sites that… when you say or do something that creates a narrative, they just go with it and run with it.”
Patrick and Rodgers seem to be in good shape. Patrick joked on “The Jenny McCarthy Show” in November 2019 that she longs for a proposal from the Packers legend.