Danica Patrick, whose good looks and competitive, spirited personality brought new interest to IndyCar and NASCAR racing, has announced she’s getting a divorce from physical therapist husband Paul Hospenthal after seven years of marriage.
Patrick announced the split on her Facebook page.
“I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided amicably end our marriage,” she said. “This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”
Hospenthal and Patrick met while the latter was being treated by the former for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005. Patrick is 30; Hospenthal is 47.
Patrick just completed her first full season in NASCAR, running the full Nationwide schedule and 10 Sprint Cup Series races after leaving IndyCar.
Patrick won the Nationwide Series’ most popular driver award this year, an award voted on by fans. And she remains one of the most recognizable drivers in auto racing.
Patrick challenged for the Indy 500 win as a rookie, becoming the first woman to lead laps while finishing fourth. She was a career-best third in 2009.