Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick ended their relationship in December after 5 years collectively, however do not anticipate to see any sparks fly once they Race towards one another for the ultimate time in subsequent month’s Daytona 500.
Stenhouse informed reporters Tuesday that he is not going to race Patrick any differently in what would be the ultimate NASCAR race of her profession.
“I don’t assume I’ll race any totally different,” Stenhouse stated. “I attempt to respect everyone round me, particularly at these speedway races. You don’t actually need to put anyone in a nasty spot since you put the entire subject in a nasty spot, however I feel I’ll exit and race identical to I’m racing everyone else and see the way it performs out.
“Heck, once we first began racing collectively we received in crashes anyway, so it’s what it’s. I’ll simply exit and compete as arduous as I can and I plan on placing myself able to win the race.”
Patrick introduced her retirement from motorsports final season, however stated she’d run the 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 as a farewell. She can be behind the wheel of the GoDaddy Premium Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet for the “Nice American Race” after looking for funding and a journey this winter.
Whereas Stenhouse will not race Patrick differently within the Daytona and Indy 500, it doesn’t suggest others will not.
“There are drivers that get mad if she is quicker and is going to cross them,” Stenhouse advised Omnisport about Patrick in October. “I feel they race her more durable, and I see it all through the weekend. She could be very conscious of it and is like, ‘Hey, I don’t need anybody to move me on the race monitor, so I actually don’t care about what anybody else thinks.’
“I take a look at what she does in a race automotive and I feel she performs at a excessive degree. Getting in our automobiles is just not one thing that’s straightforward to do. Heck, there are loads of weekends that she is quicker than I’m and it’s superior. I feel it exhibits that she’s obtained the expertise to do that sport, and she or he has set an incredible instance for lots of younger ladies in auto racing. There are lots of people that lookup to her, and so many ladies that race go-karts that come up and speak to her all through the weekend. They need to be identical to her, and I feel that it’s superior.”
Stenhouse, 30, can also be completely satisfied Patrick, 35, has discovered funding for arguably the 2 largest motorsports occasions of the yr.
“I felt prefer it was only a matter of time,” he advised reporters Tuesday. “Like I all the time stated, I feel it’s a cool means to exit in case you’re gonna retire for someone that’s achieved the Daytona 500, operating NASCAR, operating IndyCars. Her ardour has all the time been the Indy 500, so I feel will probably be cool for that to be her final race and to hit the 2 largest races of the yr in the identical yr will probably be fairly cool.”
Patrick confirmed final week she was courting Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the 2 met on the 2012 ESPYs. Stenhouse and Patrick haven’t revealed why their relationship ended however the two weren’t collectively in November for the NASCAR Cup Collection awards ceremony. Rodgers ended a his three-yr relationship with actress Olivia Munn in 2017.