Danica Patrick has found new love with two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
It didn’t take long for Patrick to seek out male comfort after announcing her split with husband Paul Hospenthal in November 2012.
Patrick, 30, and Stenhouse, 25, have a great deal in common including their status as 2013 candidates for NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year.
She told the AP last Friday, “I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard. 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. It was out of respect for NASCAR to just allow the news of the day to be about racing and not let anything interfere with that.”
Stenhouse confirmed the relationship, “Yes we are dating. I don’t normally say too much about my private life, always been focused on the track.”
Danica acknowledged, “As opposed to speculation and people make up their own stories or talking amongst themselves or us feeling uncomfortable walking into each other’s motorhomes, it’s just easier to be up front and get it out of the way then to have any kind of awkward speculation.”
She’ll race this year full-time in the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing. He’ll be driving the #17 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing.
Will the relationship affect their track performance? Patrick claims, “It won’t affect how I race. I want to go out and win. I race everyone hard.” Stay tuned race fans.
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