The Rookie Sensation of the Indy Racing League, Danica Sue Patrick, a professional race car driver, needs no introduction. She has earned the record on her name for becoming the first ever woman to lead the Indy 500. She is also the first woman to win the pole position at the Daytona 500.
Born on March 25, 1982 in Beloit, Wisconsin in the United States of America, Danica Patrick left high school midterm to follow her car racing passion and signed with Rahal Letterman Racing which is co-owned by Bobby Rahal, the racing legend and David Letterman in the year 2002.
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Despite being born in Wisconsin, Danica Patrick lives currently in Arizona. Racing at the speed of 200mph is not the only thing she dies for. Danica Patrick equally loves spending quality time with her family and friends, yoga and meditation and traveling.
Danica Patrick’s father is known to be of multiple origins namely, Irish, English, Swiss-German, and one quarter Italian descent. Her mother belongs to a Norwegian origin. Her younger sister Brooke played a key role in developing Danica Patrick’s interest in car racing. At the tender age of 10, she used to go to go-karts with Brooke.
Danica Patrick attended Hononegah Communty High School in Roscoe, Illinois. She dropped out of her school to pursue her car racing career. In the year 2005, Danica Patrick met her better half Paul Edward Hospenthal, who was a physical therapist, and married him in the same year. The marriage did not go well and the January of 2013 witnessed them splitting from each other. During that time, the news of her dating with her fellow stock car driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was doing the rounds. Danica Patrick also divorced Ricky Stenhouse in the year 2017 and verified the news of her dating with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Danica Patrick Driving Career
Danica Patrick acquired the position of the fourth woman, which was the highest position to have won by the female driver, to race in the Indianapolis 500.
In the same year in Kanvas Speedway, she won her first pole position in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. Danica Patrick won the title of “Rookie of The Year” at this IRL Championship.
2006 saw Danica Patrick’s commendable Top 10 finishes in her IRL campaign which won her the honor of ‘Female Athlete of the Year’ given by the United States Sports Academy.
Danica Patrick broke all the records when she became the first woman to win IndyCar race.
In the year 2010, Danica Patrick started to make the transition to stock car racing in 2010 by joining the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Danica Patrick became the first woman to win the pole position at the NASCAR event during her first full season on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit.
2014 – 2017
Danica Patrick continued to step up in her car racing career by delivering notable results all these years. The year 2017 marked the loss of her sponsorship after which Danica Patrick made a big announcement in November 2017 that she will take a retirement from the racing career after finishing the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2018.
Danica Patrick Career In Media
Danica Patrick was not only an ace car racer, but also a beautiful and charming personality with drop-dead gorgeous looks. No doubt, her looks bagged her many media opportunities and several endorsements. She hosted a show on Spike TV, has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and has come into sight in many TV commercials and music videos. Danica: Crossing the Line is her autobiography released in 2006. Her retirement plans included setting up a Vineyard in Deer Park, California and launching a clothing line named Warrior. Her books named Pretty Intense: The 90-Day Mind, Body and Food Plan That Will Absolutely Change Your Life were published in 2017.
Interesting Facts About Danica Patrick
- Though having a boyish interest of car racing, Danica Patrick was not a tom-boy. She was a normal girl crushing on barbies, beauty and fashion.
- Having been a cheerleader in the High School, Danica Patrick did not like dancing. This is the reason that she rejected the famous American Dance show ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
- Danica Patrick converted to Catholicism to marry her ex-husband Paul Hospenthal.
- Danica Patrick underwent IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) process to freeze her eggs as an ‘insurance policy’ in order to become a mother someday.
- She hated England and France, while she was on her racing training, because of the people and the food there.
- In the year 2006, she was one of the 100 Most Beautiful People by People’s Magazine.
- In 2007, during the IndyCar Series Campaign, Danica Patrick made the whopping amount of $ 5 million in endorsements only.