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Danica Patrick Dating Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Danica Patrick Dating Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Danica Patrick is dating Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The Go Daddy driver confirmed the news to The Associated Press amid widespread rumors of the couple’s relationship.

Patrick revealed the news just weeks after filing for divorce from her husband, Paul Hospenthal.

ABC News reports that Patrick stated during a phone interview:

“I have a boyfriend. His name is Richard. I think I am just finally excited to tell someone about this.”

Danica sounded giddy as she revealed the relationship news. The couple waited to go public with their relationship until after the end of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s weeklong annual media tour.

Patrick and Stenhouse Jr. started their relationship as a friendship as they raced each other in the Nationwide Series of NASCAR. Patrick added of the couple’s reasons for keeping their relationship a secret:

“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.”

The Washington Post adds that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. confirmed his relationship with his fellow driver. He stated:

“Yes, we are dating. 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.”

Patrick echoed her wish to have a private life. She added, however, that she made an exception this time because she wanted to end the gossip. She also wants the two of them to be open about their relationship.

Both NASCAR drivers have said that their relationship off the track won’t keep them from racing each other hard on the track.

Are you surprised to hear that Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are dating?

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19 Responses to “Danica Patrick Dating Ricky Stenhouse Jr.”

  1. Wayne Adams

    Women! sheesh…She WAS married to a guy about 14 years older than her and now Stenhouse is 5 years younger than her. She is one confused young lady!

  2. Anonymous

    No, sounds like the little tart already had her feet being warmed before her divorce, just surprised it didn't happen much sooner given the male dominated sport she's involved in..

  3. Jeannie Turner

    She was probably dating him before she ever filed for divorce. I do not know why anyone even gets involved in relationships or gets married now days. No one takes it seriously anymore. Her hubby should try to get as much as he can from her.

  4. Brian Dunn

    well maybe its a good thing now she can start wining by dateing a cheater , it seems the only why he can win.ande I thhank shes been seeing him a while too I used to be a big fan of hers but now I don't know , dateing a cheater4 , what a wast.. well there's other driver ii can like better like that new girl in the 70 car or jennnifer jo cobb. as far as danica goes she really disapointed me and I used to be a fan but I thank ill change now.

  5. LaMoore Muncy Linkous

    Figured her new man would be Tony Stewart…..but doesn't surprise me she is already dating.

  6. Larry Shedelmiester

    She has no respect for Nascar.Its all about her.She will never be a serious driver, just eye candy for those that are looking for it.When the Go Daddy bucks go away, so does Danica.The dollar amount of vehicle carnage that this wannabe has caused is unreal.Im sure she has eyes on his potential for money.Now Danica has a boy toy and I am betting she wrecks him and his career too.

  7. Anonymous

    Just weeks? How long was this going on? The ink isn't even dry on the divorce papers yet, I don't think.

  8. Anonymous

    Just weeks? How long was this going on? The ink isn't even dry on the divorce papers yet, I don't think.

  9. Anonymous

    Absolutely hardriver572003, you could see that last year when they were together during interviews and one instance when Stenhouse put his arm around her after a race and picked her up while she looked at the camera real quick to see if it was caught, like a deer in the headlights, and it was. The conclusion here at the house was that was the reason there was a divorce. Before it was even made public, we said, "uh oh, is there going to be drama and a divorce in the future?" And looky looky what has happened ? Saw this coming from a mile away.

  10. Anonymous

    I agree. Read my reply to hardriver572003. It was totally clear long before word of divorce. Watching pre-race and post-race coverage you could see the two were attached at the hip, literally in the one shot where he picked her up off the ground. Now both men involved are probably pigs in the first place. One drove her away most likely for accusations and maybe even his own infidelity I'll bet and the other for even advancing on a married woman. Whatever the case may be, she is happy and most likely will not be distracted and hopefully this will translate to more success on the track in the form of wins! That is what I want to see so the naysayers will SHUT UP! Just win Danica, who cares about the personal life, it's yours to do with what you will. Win races and that's all you need to do! :)

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