As Danica Patrick prepared to strap in for her final NASCAR race at the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, she found the time during Speedweeks to spend with those she cares about the most.
And this year, that includes new boyfriend Aaron Rodgers.
In a series of Instagram pics she posted on Feb. 17, Danica shared a look at her final weekend in Daytona, including one beach pic of her with none other than her new beau. “Doing Daytona with all the people that mean the most to me,” Danica captioned the heartwarming pics, which you can see in the gallery below.
While having Aaron by her side as she prepares for one of the biggest races of her career is sure to help, she also had to have loved the insight from her friend and former fellow driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“The only advice I could give her is: Don’t focus on the results — just enjoy the experience,” Dale Jr. said in a recent interview with USA Today’s “For the Win.” “And I say that because we’re all competitors, and it’s hard for us — even if we try going in to just enjoy the experience — it’s hard for us to not get competitive and not want to do our best. She’s going to want to get in there and try to get everything she can out of the opportunity to finish well and run well. And that’s great, and probably to be expected if you’re going to compete in a race to try and do you best.”
He continued, “But you need to also remember this is the last Daytona 500 she’s ever gonna run. She would be best served to soak it in, try to really enjoy qualifying and practice and everything in between — everything happening in the days leading up to it, the media attention, all that stuff. Have fun with it. Keep that smile on your face because there will be some peaks and valleys on the performance side of it.”