Who Is Danica Patrick?
Danica Patrick is a well-known American racing driver who began her career by making appearances in kart racing. In the open-wheel racing of the US, she is considered as the most successful female professional driver. In addition, she is a model and advertising spokeswoman. Danica is known to have competed in various events and has finished seven times in the top 10. She is represented by IMG Talent Agency and Excel Sports Management.
- Celebrity Name: Danica Patrick
- Full Name: Danica Sue Patrick
- Gender: Female
- Birth Date: March 25, 1982
- Birth Place: Beloit, Wisconsin, US
- Age: 38
- Height: 1.57m
- Weight: 45 kilos
- Nationality: American
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Status: Divorced
- Husband: Paul Edward Hospenthal, married 2005 to 2013
- Children: None
- Profession: Former American professional racing driver
- Net Worth: $70 million
Danica Patrick was born on March 25, 1982, in Beloit, Wisconsin to parents Terry Joseph Patrick, Jr. and Beverly Ann Patrick. Her father used to race midget cars, snowmobiles, and motocross. She has a younger sister named Brook, a pediatric physical therapist. She and her sister were raised in Roscoe, Illinois.
At first, Danica had no interest in racing and used to dream of having a career as either a veterinarian, secretary, or a singer. In 1996, she attended the Hononegah Community High School where she was a cheerleader.
When they were young, their parents looked for a hobby that will make them closer together as a family. They wanted to get a pontoon boat, but the owner refused their offer. Danica and Brooke told their parents they wanted to race go-karts after Brook tried it with a friend. Their parents bought them both go-karts and that’s when Danica started to love it.
When she was older, she spent her free time babysitting when she was not racing.
At the age of 16, Danica moved to Milton Keynes, England. She became the celebrity spokeswoman for DRIVE4COPD. In her free time, she loves to do yoga, cook, and try out new cultures and food.
In 2005, Danica married Paul Edward Hospenthal, her former physical therapist. After being together for at least seven years, the two decided to split.
Danica Patrick began her career at a really young age. She made an appearance in the Formula Vauxhall Winter Series in 1998. She has competed in numerous tournaments, such as the Toyota Atlantic Championship, Rolex Sports Car Series, British Formula Ford Championship, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, in her motorsports career.
Among her IndyCar Series Events are Andretti Autosport, Andretti Green Racing, and Rahal Letterman Racing. She was also in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 2002. To add, she was also in the Toyota Atlantic Championship in the years 2003 and 2004.
In 2005, she was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She finished in the 12th spot with 325 points in 2005 at the IndyCar Series. While in 2008, she finished 8th for the same event.
In addition to her racing career, she was also a television host on Spike TV. She was a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Conan O’Brien in 2008. She also made appearances in numerous TV shows, such as CSI:NY, The Simpsons, Pocono Raceway, and Cake Boss. Moreover, she was featured in music videos by Colt Ford, Jay Z, and Miranda Lambert.
Awards and Achievements
In 2005, she was considered Rookie of the Year by IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. She was recognized as the most famous driver of the IndyCar Series from the years 2005 to 2010. Additionally, she was considered as the NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Famous Driver. In 2006, she received the Sportsman of the Year Award and in 2008 and 2012, she was given the Kids Choice Award.
Total Net Worth 2020
To date, Danica Patrick is known to have a total net worth of over $70 million. The majority of her wealth came from her successful racing career. Some of her earnings are from her TV shows, guest appearances, and brand endorsements.