Danica Patrick may have just come off her first full time NASCAR season but as sson as the season ended her personal life took a hit.
On Tuesday the Associated Press reported that Patrick had announced her divorce from her husband Paul Hospenthal after seven years of marriage. Patrick made the announcement on her Facebook page.
“I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage,” said Patrick on Facebook. “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.”
According to the AP, Patrick met her husband who happens to be a physical therapist while treating a non-racing injury. They got married in 2005 and Hospenthal happens to be 17 years older than Patrick.
The news of Patrick’s divorce comes after Patrick ended her first full time season in NASCAR racing in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Cup Series. Following the final race of the 2012 season, Patrick also made NASCAR history by finishing 10th in the Nationwide Series points standings becoming the highest female finish in history.
Patrick was awarded the award for the NASCAR Nationwide Series most popular driver during the Nationwide and Truck Series banquet Monday night by winning in a fan vote.
Heading into the 2013 NASCAR Season, Patrick will make her move into the Cup Series full time driving the No.10 car for Stewart-Haas Racing.