Danica Patrick Once Opened Up About Her NASCAR Feud With “Extremely Cuddly” Then-Boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Published 08/25/2022, 4:30 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, talks to the media during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick is probably the most popular woman in American racing history. She’s easily recognized as one of the most renowned faces in the history of NASCAR as well. However, she talked about the days when she wasn’t this popular and was dating a fellow Cup Series driver.

Patrick dated Ricky Stenhouse Jr for five years before they split in 2017. Once known as the power couple of NASCAR, they were pretty famous in their approach. While they were lovers off the track, they were rivals on the track.

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Eight years back, Danica Patrick dedicated a post to this. She wrote, “Look, if it’s crazy to want to go to sleep next to the person who ran your car off the road going 200 miles per hour earlier that day, then I’m certifiable.”

“Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a ba**s-to-the wall, go-hard-or-go-home, lift-only-when-you-see-God-twice kind of NASCAR driver. He’s Ford. I’m Chevy. It’s the Montagues and the Capulets. He’s grits. I’m granola. We’re the opposite in almost every way. He’s also extremely cuddly, which really helps his cause, because sometimes I’m not very happy with him,” the former NASCAR driver further stated.

Danica Patrick and her dating history

Patrick has been in multiple relationships over the years apart from her companionship with Stenhouse Jr. The 40-year-old former driver has dated some renowned names in American sports history, including Aaron Rodgers.

She was once married to her physical therapist Paul Edward Hospenthal between 2005 and 2013. The duo met when the veteran driver suffered a yoga-caused injury back in 2002.

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SANTA MONICA, CA – JULY 19: Race car driver Danica Patrick (L) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers attend Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2018 at Barker Hangar on July 19, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

Patrick started dating Stenhouse Jr soon after, before splitting in 2017. However, Danica Patrick’s most famous relationship was with Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers quarterback was in a relationship with the NASCAR star until 2020.

The former Cup Series driver then dated Carter Comstock, before finally calling it quits in 2022 after dating for a year.

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Despite this, Danica Patrick remained in the headlines for her racing career and served as an inspiration for many American girls to develop an active interest in motorsports.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

Edited By: Reubyn Coutinho

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