Danica Patrick announced the split with husband Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page on Tuesday. Here is the message that she left to her fans on Facebook: “I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage.”
Patrick continued: “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.”
Her relationship status on the page is not listed; her message had received nearly 3,000 comments only five hours after being posted at 3 p.m., says the USA Today.
Paul Hospenthal is a physical therapist and also 17 years older than the famous 30-year-old athlete. Patrick and Hospenthal met in 2002 when he helped her rehabilitate a hip injury. The couple married in Arizona three years later in the year of 2005. The couple has no children.
According to the USA Today, since they married in 2005, Hospenthal was Patrick’s partner in life and as well as in business as the most influential and trusted confidante of a small inner circle that manages her coveted brand.
The transcendent racing star said she didn’t make any major decisions without asking her husband for advice, who built a physical therapy business in Scottsdale, Ariz., that catered to high-profile professional athletes.
Even though she earns millions every year in endorsements, Patrick has avoided buying a jet and has been known to fly coach and bank on getting a first-class upgrade. She has always been reasonable with money and she has been an efficient business partner in the team with her husband.
Danica Patrick’s divorce – while shocking to some of her fans – shows how even celebrities and professional athletes are not immune to marital problems.
After leaving IndyCar, Danica just came off one of her best in nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts this season, finishing every lap and placing 24th at Texas.
The Fox News says, she ended the 2012 Nationwide season 10th in points, making her the highest- finishing female driver in any one of NASCAR’s three national touring series.
Danica Partick won the Nationwide Series’ most popular driver award on Monday night in Miami Beach, Fla. The voting was made by fans, and she remains one of the most recognizable drivers in auto racing.
As a rookie Patrick challenged for the Indy 500 win. Later she became the first woman to lead laps while finishing fourth. She was a career-best third in 2009, ABC News reports.
She’ll drive full-time for Tony Stewart’s Sprint Cup team in 2013, when the line for autographs probably will become a lot longer.
Go Daddy has committed to sponsor the Cup schedule next season, when Patrick moves up to NASCAR’s top level on a full-time basis. It is also looking forward to supporting her in upcoming Super Bowl commercials.