Danica patrick and ricky stenhouse dating

She publicly confirmed their relationship in January of 2013the next day that it was just a joke. " data-reactid="27"The couple played an April Fool’s joke earlier this year with a fake engagement ring.The ruse had some people thinking they would be getting married until Patrick said the next day that it was just a joke."I always say I'll race people how they race me until they do something to make me change my mind.

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-- Danica Patrick's personal life is no longer a secret -- she's dating a fellow driver.

Patrick revealed to The Associated Press that she and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Still, she was voted by fans the series' most popular driver last year.

In the Sprint Cup Series, where she'll drive this season for Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner Tony Stewart handpicked 10 of the hardest tracks for Patrick last season to force her to learn on the fly in preparation for this year.

I didn't want to confirm at media day so that we could keep the focus on the season, the Gen-6 (car), my sponsors and team.

That's what it's all about for me."Patrick's public relations representative denied ESPN.com's request for an interview on Friday. Patrick remains one of the most recognizable drivers in auto racing, even if wins have been hard to come by.3 filing that her marriage to the 47-year-old Hospenthal was "irretrievably broken."Speculation immediately shifted toward her relationship with the 25-year-old Stenhouse, who has never been married.While her policy has always been not to talk about her personal life, Patrick said she made an exception this time to end the gossip and so the two could be open about their relationship."I think that moving forward into the year, it's a matter of do you say anything at all, or do you just carry on? "As opposed to speculation and people making up their own stories or talking amongst themselves or us feeling uncomfortable walking into each other's (motorhomes) moving forward, or around our teams or anything, it's just easier to be up front and get it out of the way then to have any kind of awkward speculation."Stenhouse was asked during the media tour's stop at Roush Fenway Racing if he was dating Patrick.Patrick, 35, will participate in February’s Daytona 500 and then call it quits in NASCAR.The 2018 Indianapolis 500 will be her final auto race before she retires.Her average finish in the 10 races was 28th and her best finish was 17th in her season finale at Phoenix.

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