03:27 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 10/20/2013 06:30PM
There's a first time for everything – and Danica Patrick is about to take center stage for her awards show-hosting debut.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," Patrick, 31, tells PEOPLE of teaming up with veteran host Trace Adkins on Dec. 10 for the American Country Awards. "I'm a little nervous, though. I'm told it's going to be really easy, with no issues and no problems, but I just keep thinking, 'That can't be true.' But ... we'll be ready!"
The NASCAR star, who gave PEOPLE her exclusive playlist of favorite country songs listed below, says she's "really gotten into country music in the last year or so," and calls the first time gig "a great opportunity for me."
Originally posted 09/18/2013 02:45PM
Danica Patrick is taking a detour from the racetrack to the awards show stage.
The NASCAR star, 31, is teaming up with Trace Adkins, 51, to host the American Country Awards – which he has emceed for the last four years, co-hosted last year by Kristin Chenoweth.
Airing live on Fox on Dec. 10, the show will take place at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.
This is not Patrick's first foray into the country world. She has appeared in music videos with Miranda Lambert and singer-rapper, Colt Ford.
Originally posted 04/26/2013 08:00AM
Danica Patrick's marriage has come to a screeching halt – her divorce has been finalized.
An Arizona judge signed a consent decree between the NASCAR star and husband Paul Hospenthal on April 15 and it was filed two days later, ending the couple's seven-year union, ESPN reports.
Patrick, 31, had announced in November via her Facebook page that she was splitting from Hospenthal, saying the marriage was "irretrievably broken."
The couple originally met after Patrick saw Hospenthal, who is a physical therapist and personal trainer, for treatment of a hip injury. They wed in 2005 and had no children.
Originally posted 02/22/2013 07:00PM
Danica Patrick knows mixing business with pleasure isn't wise, but it's not stopping her.
"I don't think it was a good idea. [But] there was nothing I could do about it," she tells menshealth.com of getting into a relationship with fellow NASCAR racer, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 25. "You can't tell your heart who to like and not like. It just happened."
Patrick, 30, isn't worried about running into a future ex-boyfriend on the racetrack.
Originally posted 02/18/2013 11:30AM
Danica Patrick made racing history on Sunday, becoming the first woman to win the coveted pole position for this year's Daytona 500 in just her second season of racing NASCAR after years as an IndyCar driver.
"I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl," Patrick, 30, told CBS News. "That was instilled in my from very young, from the beginning.
"I've been lucky in my career to be with good teams and have good people around me," Patrick said. "I don't think any of it would have been possible without that."
Originally posted 11/21/2012 08:15AM
It's the end of the road for Danica Patrick and her husband of seven years, Paul Hospenthal.
"I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage. This isn't easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this," the racing star wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
"He has been an important person and friend in my life and that's how we will remain moving forward."
Patrick, 30, and Hospenthal, 47, a physical therapist and personal trainer who specializes in fitness for golfers, were married in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2005 after becoming engaged on Thanksgiving Day 2004.
Originally posted 02/27/2012 07:45PM
Danica Patrick got her first Daytona 500 race off to a nasty start.
The racer, 29, crashed her green car on the second lap in an accident that also involved Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Elliott Sadler and other drivers.
"Wow," exclaims the NASCAR.com blog. "The wreck was triggered when Elliott Sadler shoved Johnson."
Originally posted 02/22/2012 05:00PM
Race car driver Danica Patrick is about to embark on her biggest challenge to date – the Daytona 500, a 500 mile-long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
But Patrick, 29, seems fearless, telling Reuters, "I'm not scared of going 200 miles an hour," during Sunday's competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.
In fact, she believes she has a shot at following in the footsteps of Trevor Bayne, last year's rookie race winner.
Originally posted 10/17/2011 04:30PM
In the wake of Dan Wheldon's tragic death during the Las Vegas Indy 300 race on Sunday, fellow driver Danica Patrick is speaking out about the accident.
"There are no words for today. Myself and so many others are devastated," Patrick Tweeted on Sunday. "I pray for Suzi and the kids that God will give them strength."
In an interview following the crash, Patrick, who did not yet know the fatal outcome of the accident, talked about her feelings prior to the race.
Originally posted 05/30/2009 03:20PM
When five-time Olympian Dara Torres is not winning gold medals in the pool, she is actively promoting a clean sport. So the 42-year-old swimmer was surprised to pick up this week's Sports Illustrated with Indy racer Danica Patrick's thoughts on drug testing.
When asked by radio host and writer Dan Patrick, "If you could take a performance-enhancing drug and not get caught, would you do it if it allowed you to win Indy?" Danica replied, "Well, then it's not cheating, is it? If nobody finds out? Yeah, it would be like finding a gray area."
Says Torres, "As an athlete that has been tested a thousand times whether through blood or urine samples – I've even offered DNA samples to prove that I'm clean – I really can't ever imagine saying if you don't get caught that it's not cheating."
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