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Danica Patrick Biography

Danica Patrick (Danica Sue Patrick) is a retired American professional racing driver. Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series race.

She began karting at the age of ten and achieved early success by winning her class in the World Karting Association Grand National Championship three times in the mid-1990s.

Patrick dropped out of high school with her parents’ permission in 1998, and moved to the United Kingdom to further her career. She competed in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Ford before returning to the United States in 2001 due to a lack of funding.

In 2002, Patrick competed in five Barber Dodge Pro Series races for Rahal Letterman Racing. She later raced in the Toyota Atlantic Series for the next two years. Patrick’s best effort was third in the championship standings for the 2004 season where she became the first woman to win a pole position in the series.

Patrick first drove in the IndyCar Series with Rahal Letterman Racing in 2005 and took three pole positions, equaling Tomas Scheckter’s record of poles in a rookie season. She was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series.

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Danica Patrick Photo

Patrick improved over the next two years with Rahal Letterman Racing in 2006 and later Andretti Green Racing in 2007. In 2008, she followed up this victory to place sixth overall in the drivers’ standings.

Patrick improved on this to secure fifth the following season, which saw her finish a career-high third at the Indianapolis 500, the best performance by any woman at the race. Her overall form declined during 2010, but she still managed two second-places at oval tracks before leaving IndyCar after the 2011 season to focus on stock car racing full-time.

She began racing stock cars in 2010 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) with her best result coming in the form of a fourth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011. Patrick placed a career-high tenth in the 2012 season standings and was the second woman to clinch a pole position in the Nationwide Series after Shawna Robinson in 1994.

In 2012, she started in the Sprint Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series). Patrick became the first woman to win a Cup Series pole position by setting the fastest qualifying lap for the 2013 Daytona 500, finishing eighth.

She bested Janet Guthrie’s record for the most top-ten finishes by a woman in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015. Patrick stopped racing full-time after the 2017 season, but competed at the 2018 Daytona 500 and the 2018 Indianapolis 500 before officially retiring.

Since retiring from racing, Patrick’s focus has shifted to her role as an entrepreneur and business owner. She has launched the clothing line, Warrior by Danica Patrick; authored a book, Pretty Intense; and is the sole proprietor of Somnium, a vineyard in Napa Valley, California.

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Patrick serves as a studio analyst for NBC Sports’ inaugural coverage surrounding the 103rd Indianapolis 500 this May on NBC.

The seven-year INDYCAR veteran contributes to NBC Sports’ pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage alongside host Mike Tirico. She has previously served as a guest analyst for Fox Sports’ coverage of NASCAR Xfinity races in Michigan, Pocono and Talladega.

Danica Patrick Age

Patrick was born on March 25, 1982, in Beloit, Wisconsin, United States. He is 37 years old as of 2019.

Danica Patrick Height

She stands at a height of 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) weighing 100 lb (45 kg).

Danica Patrick Family

Patrick is the daughter of working-class parents Beverly Ann (née Flaten) and Terry Joseph “T. J.” Patrick Jr. Her parents met on a blind date at a snowmobile event in the 1970s when her mother was a mechanic for a friend’s snowmobile. Patrick Jr. raced snowmobiles, motocross, and midget cars. They have owned a Java Hut and a plate glass company.

Danica has a younger sister, Brooke, a pediatric physical therapist. She was raised in Roscoe, Illinois, and did not initially share her parents interest in racing.

Danica Patrick Husband

In 2005, Patrick got married to physical therapist Paul Edward Hospenthal, whom she met at his office in 2002 when she was recovering from a hip injury she sustained during a yoga session. They divorced in 2013.

Danica Patrick Dating

From November 2012 to December 2017, Danica Patrick was in a relationship with fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

She is currently in a relationship with NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers since February 2018.

Danica Patrick Net Worth | Danica Patrick Salary

As of 2019, Danica Patrick’s net worth is $60 million. She earns an annual salary of 12 million USD.

Danica Patrick Quotes

  • Every time I get into a Nationwide car after being in a Cup car, I feel so much more comfortable than I did previously.
  • I think you have to feel comfortable with your car. You have to go into turn one, every lap, with confidence. You have to be sure of yourself and your equipment.
  • No matter how good you are, how brave you are or anything, it comes down to that car so many times. Not every time, but so many times.
  • No one wants to hear my perspective on politics, but I think honestly as you get older, you get more interested in it.
  • I think that Indy is special to me. The greater the distance between the last time I drove an Indy car and the next time, I wouldn’t like that to be too big.

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