NASCAR driver Danica Patrick confirmed she’s dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after days of rumors about a possible romance.
"Yes, Aaron and I are dating," Patrick told The Associated Press.
When the relationship became romantic, Patrick worried how Stenhouse would handle the attention when they went public.
"I was a little concerned in the beginning because he doesn't like people looking at him, and I was like, `You are going to have to get over that real fast,"' Patrick said.
Having the opportunity to race here in a NASCAR event is truly a dream come true." Pastrana will drive the No. Because he has nine previous starts in the Nationwide Series, he is not eligible for the rookie of the year program, but said he feels like one this season and "it's a scary feeling." "As I come into NASCAR with success in other forms of racing and enter this year as a full-time driver with a top team, everyone's expectations are pretty high," he said.Casual fans probably don't know much about Stenhouse's accomplishments, which have been overlooked since he and Patrick announced in January they were dating. He races hard and doesn't hold back on the track, something Tony Stewart learned while fielding sprint cars for a young Stenhouse.The couple will compete against each other for Sprint Cup rookie of the year this season. Stewart, who turns wrecked chassis into artificial reefs, said: "I've got a lot of race car frames in my lake that have his name on them on cars that he crashed." "The hardest part was pulling the reins back in on him," Stewart said."I'm lined up with great equipment and an amazing crew.I'm surrounded by a lot of knowledge and I'm ready to learn. Game on." ****** RECOVERING: Antron Brown flew home to Indiana for a doctor visit this week following his frightening accident at the NHRA Winternationals in California.Ricky Stenhouse Jr., of course, is far more than Danica Patrick's boyfriend. I think once the season gets going and we can talk about how great this Gen-6 car is going to be and how great the racing is going to be, hopefully it can take a back seat and we can focus on our racing." So just who is Danica's new man?He is the two-time Nationwide Series champion, and he is making the move to the big league this season as the replacement driver at Roush-Fenway Racing for two-time Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth. The 25-year-old Mississippi native, often seen wearing a cowboy hat and a huge silver belt buckle celebrating one of his Nationwide titles, became the first driver since Martin Truex Jr. In the season finale at Homestead last season, when his spotter was imploring him to lay back and race conservatively to wrap up the title, Stenhouse keyed the mic so he couldn't hear him anymore.“Take out the word ‘probably.’ Now I’m going to cheer for the whole team.” Rodgers and Patrick met at the ESPY Awards in 2012, she revealed.Their new relationship comes a month after news emerged that Patrick, 35, had ended her relationship with fellow racecar driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Tony Stewart calls Danica Patrick ‘fearless’ despite team split Meanwhile, Rodgers — who missed nine games this season due to a broken collarbone — ended his relationship with actress Olivia Munn last spring after three years together.Patrick, who announced on her Facebook page on Tuesday she will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018, joins a long list of drivers still seeking homes for next year.Sponsorship is the issue, even for a driver as marketable as Patrick.