Danica Patrick Was Once Berated As A “Horrible Driver” By Her Boyfriend Before She Dated NFL Star Aaron Rodgers

Published 10/14/2022, 3:55 AM EDT

Back in 2016, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick teamed up with taxi ride service Lyft. In the video, she masqueraded as a taxi driver to drop off various people. Needless to say, several surprised customers enjoyed their commute to work, sitting next to a bonafide NASCAR driver.

The scene for this little ‘prank’ was in Charlotte, North Carolina, and she was driving a Chevrolet sedan. She casually told one customer, “My boyfriend thinks I’m a horrible driver. Cause I don’t follow the rules, I drive too fast, ride too close.” The boyfriend she was referring to was in all probability Ricky Stenhouse Jr. After talking about his opinion, she complained about the red light being on for too long.

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What else did Danica Patrick do during her taxi driver stint?

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She confessed that she hated waiting, but loved making laps around a race track. At one point, a sensor in her car beeped because she was approaching another car too quickly. She explained that her usual car does away with all that, and approaching speeds are heavily encouraged. In her car, she usually tries to log in 500 miles, especially on Sundays and under four hours.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Later on at a signal, she was sorely tempted to race against fellow pedestrian cars. To achieve this, she planned to beat them off the line and get a better launch. Safe to say, Danica Patrick nailed each launch and got a better start. She even called out to her passenger, noting that they may have gotten some wheelspin.

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Of course, once each ride ended, the passengers just had to take a photograph with the NASCAR star. Around that time, she was preparing for the start of the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series season. Sadly, she did not enjoy a particularly successful season, finishing 24th in the standings, with the best finish of 11th at Charlotte.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

Edited By: Ankit Sharma

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