Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are the only couple of their kind. Never before have two racers on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit — to our knowledge — entered into a romantic relationship. One would think that racing against each other on the weekends while going on dinner dates during the week would be complicated, but Patrick and Stenhouse make it sound simple.
For starters, they have figured out how to consolidate space on race weekends. Patrick and Stenhouse, who were described as “inseparable” in a recent feature by USA Today Sports, use one of their motor homes at the track for living and sleeping and the other for Patrick to cook some of her best dishes.
“Does it worry me at all being together so much? No, because we’re worse apart,” Patrick told USA Today. “We’re much better together.
“I mean, we’re apart for at least four hours on Sundays. But I’m still as close as anyone can get to him that whole time.”
Patrick and Stenhouse are both ranked outside the top 20 of the Sprint Cup standings, so there’s no telling what could happen if they were ever battling each other for spots in the top 10 or had to square off in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Judging by some of the sacrifices they have made for one another, my guess is they would find a way to make it work.