There’s a reason Danica Patrick has a photographer following her around.
In a few days, the NASCAR driver will officially be retired after eight years in the sport.
But she’s not letting her impending retirement get in the way of some valuable family time, and she’s got the pics to prove it!
The 35-year-old racer recently shared an adorable photo on Instagram of herself and her niece, Reese, hanging out in the garage as one of he team members works on her car.
“I have @jonferrey taking all access pics this week for the first race of the #DanicaDouble … ummm, because he takes super cute shots like this! (My sister’s daughter Reese),” Danica captioned the touching image.
The “Danica Double” is a what she’s calling the final two races of her career: the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 and IndyCar’s Indy 500 in May. She will be working alongside famed crew chief Tony Eury.
“With Tony on the car side, and with calling [strategy for] the race, he was always very good at calling races — that is a ton of experience he has on his side,” Danica said in a recent interview with ESPN. “That part of it really is what makes me feel comfortable, not only from a performance standpoint, someone being there to really look after me, but also from a comfort standpoint that I don’t have to try to win the Daytona 500 with somebody I never met before.”
The race will also be the first time that Danica and her ex-boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., will find themselves on the same track together since their late 2017 breakup.
But she isn’t worried.
“On superspeedways, you find your friends throughout the race based on how fast you are, where you can run, how good your car is,” Danica said. “You tend to find people you can work with. I don’t care who it is.”
Let’s hope all goes well for Danica when the green flag falls on Feb. 18?