Danica Patrick: Yep, I'm Dating Fellow Driver
Confirms her relationship with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2013 8:50 AM CST
Danica Patrick speaks during a news conference as Ricky Stenhouse Jr., right, looks on, Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Danica Patrick has raced right on back into a relationship: The NASCAR driver is dating fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., both of them confirm to the AP. "I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard," said a giggly Patrick in a telephone interview. "I think I am just finally excited to tell someone about this." There had been quite a bit of speculation about the two, particularly after Patrick, 30, announced her divorce in November. Stenhouse, 25, has never been married.

The two have been friends as they raced each other over the past two seasons; Stenhouse was a sort of mentor to Patrick, who had left IndyCar for NASCAR. They'll continue to compete against each other this season, for rookie of the year, as both move up from the Nationwide Series to the top-tier Sprint Cup Series. They say their relationship won't affect the way they race each other: "Him and I have always gotten along, we've always had a lot of respect for each other on the track, there's never been an issue out there," says Patrick. "I race everyone hard," adds Stenhouse.

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Jan 31, 2013 3:52 PM CST
I'd like to draft her for a night.
Jan 28, 2013 12:31 AM CST
Danica, you became single and didn't let me know ? You could' ve at least have given me a shot.....jeez.
Jan 26, 2013 11:11 AM CST
It would be nice if they got married, at least after her current marriage is over, that way she can screw around on him like she is with her current husband. It's OK though, she's a celebrity.