Danica Patrick is known as an American race car driver. She is most famous for being an extremely talented and skilled female driver in a male dominated sport. She broke records when she became the first female to lead the Indy 500 and the first to win the pole position at Daytona 500.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Danica Patrick was born as Danica Sue Patrick on March 25, 1982, in Beloit, Wisconsin. She started racing small karts with her sister at age 10. She dropped out of her high school to propel her rising racing career in England. It was there that she completed a race in second at the Formula Ford Festival, the most astounding finish by either a lady or an American in the event.
Patrick signed with Rahal Letterman Racing in 2012. The company was run by former driver Bobby Rahal and TV anchor talk show host, David Letterman. Letterman was interested in her success and believed that she could do great things as a female driver. During the following two years, Patrick made moderate progress and was a reliable finisher on the platform, however she never won a race.
Patrick turned into the fourth lady to race in the Indianapolis 500. Her fourth-place finish was historic and it was the highest finish ever for a female driver. It beat the past record of ninth set by Janet Guthrie in 1978. She drove 19 laps of the race, turning into the first lady to ever to lead the Indy 500.
At Kansas Speedway, she won her first shaft position to turn into the second lady to achieve this accomplishment in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. Patrick was named Rookie of The Year at the 2005 IRL Championship. She wasn’t just a great female driver, she was also placing well against top male racers in her races.
Danica Patrick married physical specialist therapist, Paul Edward Hospenthal in 2005. In January 2013, she petitioned for legal separation because their marriage was no longer working to fit her needs. As reported by Sporting News NASCAR, Patrick expressed her thoughts on the split, "My marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation."
Around that time during the divorce, she revealed tot the world that she was dating stock vehicle racing driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The racing power couple dated for five years until Patrick split from Stenhouse in late 2017. She then confirmed that she was dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Last Modified: Feb 7, 2020