Danica Patrick’s personal life is no longer a secret! The famed NASCAR driver revealed to The AP she and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are dating, ending widespread speculation about their relationship.
“I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard,” Danica said during a telephone interview with AP.
“I think I am just finally excited to tell someone about this,” Patrick laughed, sounding almost giddy as she said the two-time Nationwide champion’s middle name is Lynn and he prefers she use his first name.
The two waited until the end of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s weeklong media tour to reveal that they were in a relationship.
Stenhouse was somewhat of a mentor to the 30-year-old Patrick, who left IndyCar after the 2011 season to make the full-time switch to NASCAR.
“We are dating, and I know there’s been a bit of a runaround this week at the media days and poor Ricky got grilled (with questions),” she said.
“It was out of respect to NASCAR, to all the manufacturers, the new cars, the teams, the sponsors, just to allow the news of the day to be about racing and not let anything interfere with that. So, it’s Friday now, so that’s why we waited until the end of the week to be up front about each other.”
Stenhouse confirmed the relationship.
“Yes we are dating,” he said. “I don’t normally say too much about my private life, always been focused on the track. I didn’t want to confirm at media day so that we could keep the focus on the season, the Gen-6 (car), my sponsors and team. That’s what it’s all about for me.”
Danica Patrick remains one of the most renown drivers in racing, even if winning has been a bit difficult.
There was speculation that she was no longer marketable, but sponsor Go Daddy said Patrick be making an appearance in the website domain provider’s commercials during the Super Bowl next month.
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