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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is confronted with questions about ex-love Danica Patrick Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

As NASCAR drivers begin to rev up in anticipation for this year’s Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, was one of the many popular drivers that faced a bevy of reporters during NASCAR media day, all of  whom had plenty of questions about the season ahead.

But many reporters also asked Ricky about his ex-love and fellow racer Danica Patrick. Fans will recall that the two were quite the couple for five years before breaking up in December of 2017. And now, Danica has confirmed that she is dating NFL great and Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as reported by Rare Country earlier this year.

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“I don’t think I’ll race any differently,” Ricky said during an interview with NASCAR.com on Jan. 23 at the NASCAR Media Tour when asked if he would race Danica any differently when they share the track together at the Daytona 500. “I try to respect everybody around me, especially at speedway races. You don’t want to put somebody in a bad spot because you’ll put everybody in a bad spot. I’ll go out and race just like I’m racing everybody else and see how it plays out. Heck, when we first started racing we got in crashes anyway. So it is what it is. I’ll just go compete as hard as I can. I plan on putting myself in position to win the race.”

Of course, the two will only share the track for one race in 2018, as Danica will retire from NASCAR following the February race. She will race again in 2018 as part of the Indianapolis 500, where she will be driving an Indy car as part of a unique partnership with Premium Motorsports’ GoDaddy No. 7 Chevrolet.

“It was just a matter of time,” Ricky said about Danica’s new sponsorship deal. “Like I’ve always said, I think it’s a cool way to retire. For somebody who’s done the Daytona 500, run in NASCAR, run in IndyCar, I think it’ll be cool for [her] to hit the two biggest races of the year.”

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Indeed, whether it is about love or about what kind of car she drives on the track, Danica often gets downright spiritual when she talks about how things have turned out throughout her life.

“I’m so happy where I am today,” Danica said during a recent interview with podcaster Lewis Howes. “I don’t believe that everything happens for a reason, as in you just sit back and let things happen. You do have to have some sort of intention. I’ve always known what I wanted and perhaps things would have gotten off track if they would have happened otherwise. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Life is a learning experience.”

That’s for sure, Danica. Do you agree, Ricky?

Either way, we have feeling that God has an amazing plan for both of you.

We can’t wait to see what happens.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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