Richard Lynn Stenhouse Jr. is known as an American professional stock car racing driver. He is most famous for driving in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He handles the No. 17 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing.
Stenhouse was born in Memphis, Tennessee and was brought up in Olive Branch, Mississippi. He is the first Mississippian driver to go full time since Lake Speed in 1997. He started out on soil before he made a shift to stock autos in 2008.
Stenhouse had started kart racing at just six years old, and obtained 47 wins and 90 platform finishes up when he moved into sprint vehicle racing in 2003. He was already a prodigy when he was just a young boy. He was able to transfer his skills when he became an adult.
Roush elevated Stenhouse to Cup in 2013 to replace Matt Kenseth after Stenhouse won back to back Xfinity Series titles. Stenhouse won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year grant in 2013, and earned his first Cup at Talladega in 2017 and won again later that season at Daytona. He fit the bill for the Playoffs in 2017, completing a career-best thirteenth in the standings.
The 2017 MENCS season saw a great deal of firsts for Stenhouse Jr. In May, he earned his first MENCS victory. In 36 starts, Stenhouse collected two wins, four best five and nine best 10s, finishing the season in thirteenth spot. There was no question that he was a rising star in the professional stock racing world.
Stenhouse started dating fellow race car driver, Danica Patrick in 2013. It was an unusual blending of love. They competed against one another week by week, and through the span of their relationship they conflicted intensely, prompting post-race disagreements.
Patrick had been recently married before she started dating Stenhouse. She has made no secrets of a longing to wed once more, and revealed to documentary director, Hannah Storm that she had frozen eggs in the event that she chooses to have children one day.
The famous and beautiful race driver, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. broke up in 2017 after dating for about five years. A representative for Patrick confirmed to The Associated Press that the popular drivers were no longer in a relationship.
Patrick didn't go to the end of season awards ceremony in Las Vegas with Stenhouse, who was celebrated for making NASCAR's playoffs in 2017. Her lack of an appearance prompted rumors about the most power couple.
Last Modified: Feb 7, 2020