25 March 1982, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA
Danica Sue Patrick
5' 2" (1.57 m)
Danica Patrick is the Rookie sensation of the Indy Racing League, driving for Rahal-Letterman racing, which is co-owned by racing legend Bobby Rahal, and "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993)'s David Letterman. Born in Wisconsin, she currently resides in Arizona with her miniature schnauzer "Billy" and her husband, physical therapist Paul Hospenthal. When she isn't racing around the track at speeds up to 229 mph, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Jill
Paul Hospenthal (19 November 2005 - present)
She has a younger sister, Brooke.
She grew up in Roscoe, Illinois and attended Hononegah Community High School.
At the 2000 Formula Ford Festival in England, she finished in second place, the best result any American driver ever earned in the race.
In 2005 became the fourth woman (following Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James and Sarah Fisher) to drive in the Indianapolis 500 auto race. She finished in 4th place, the best ever result for a female driver.
May 29, 2005 - First female ever to lead in the Indy 500
At 16, went to England to learn how to race.
2005 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year.
Witnessed the crash between Paul Dana and Ed Carpenter at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida which had resulted in Paul Dana's death. (March 26, 2006)
Got hooked on racing when her sister, Brooke, took up go-carts (Brooke lost interest, Danica didn't).
Was named one of the 100 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2006.
Named #42 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Ranked #69 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Voted INDY Series "Most Popular Driver" for 2007. This was her third consecutive award.
Contacted by several NASCAR teams in 2006 and 2007 but declined their offers and elected to sign with Andretti Green Racing and race INDY cars.
Danica Patrick enjoyed her best season yet in the Motorola AGR No.7 during the 2007 INDY Car Series when she at one point led the Indianapolis 500 and three other races, finished 3rd at Texas and Nashville, and finished 2nd at Detroit.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine ranked her at #97 in the top 100 most powerful athletes in the world. This was her third year in a row within the Forbes top 100.
Earned approximately $5 million in endorsements during the 2007 INDY Car Series campaign.
Her INDY Car victory in April, 2008 at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi 300 led to a massive increase in Internet searches for the driver of the No. 7 Motorola car for Andretti Green Racing. According to Yahoo.com, searches for her spiked 1,463% percent in one day.
Danica Patrick's Rahal Letterman Racing No.16 Panoz IR5 IndyCar was formally placed in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for permanent display on May 5th, 2008. This was the car that Patrick piloted when she became the first female to lead the Indianapolis 500 in 2005. Patrick finished the race in fourth place, the highest finish ever for a female at the Indianapolis 500.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich declared April 26th, 2008 as "Danica Patrick Day" in the state. The governor stated he was honoring Patrick for her "sparkling achievements" and first IndyCar Series victory.
Ranked #91 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
In 2008, Forbes Magazine ranked her at #9 in the highest paid female athletes in the world. Danica Patrick was the first female athlete in the list that did not play tennis or golf.
The $21 million dollar value of the three year contract accepted by Danica Patrick and Andretti Green Racing in 2007 was the most lucrative in the history of IndyCar, Champ Car or CART to date. This value did not include additional revenue streams secondary to sponsorship, performance incentives and merchandising.
In 2008 Danica Patrick continued her upward ascent in the unified IndyCar Series after finishing the season standings in 6th place, the highest ever for a woman including Patrick who had finished in 7th the year before.
The Business Week Power 100 ranking was released on October 3rd, 2008 and listed the most powerful people in sports worldwide. Danica Patrick was listed as the top female on the list at number 50.
At just 20 years old, Danica Patrick participated in the Long Beach Pro Celebrity Race in an effort to secure a seat in CART's developmental Toyota Atlantic Series. Patrick, who had been racing overseas in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Ford, was greeted with disdain by some. Patrick then agreed to a bet with Tommy Kendall in an effort to prove herself. Whoever won the race would get to lead the other driver down pit lane by a leash and collar. Patrick responded by leading all pro and celebrity drivers in becoming the first female pro to win the event and, coincidentally, the bet.
Danica Patrick topped golfer Tiger Woods, quarterback Tom Brady and Super Bowl champion Eli Manning as the most searched for athlete in 2008, according to AOL's annual list of top Web, mobile and video searches.
Featured in two commercials during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1st, 2009. According to TiVo, the mock congressional hearing commercial with Patrick was the "most-watched commercial in the Super Bowl".
Signed with IMG's Alan Zucker and Mark Steinberg in February of 2009 to represent her marketing and endorsement efforts. IMG is widely considered the world's premier and most diversified sports and entertainment company with such clients as Tiger Woods, Jeff Gordon, Peyton Manning, Sir Jackie Stewart, John Madden, Bob Costas, 'Gisele Bundchen' and Drew Barrymore, among others as clients.
Danica Patrick was selected as a finalist for the Time Magazine annual "Time 100" which honors the most influential people in politics, sports and pop culture worldwide.
Danica Patrick became the first IndyCar driver's image to be added to the famed ESPN Pardon the Interruption (PTI) set backdrop.
Campaign ambassador for Drive4COPD.com. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) had taken away her grandmother.
Loves to cook. Studied at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California.
I'm a race car driver, and I'm a very competitive one.
Everybody loves to cheer for the under dog, and I definitely am, I'm a rookie.
"I drive pretty fast even on the highway in my Lamborghini. I don't like to drive at enormous top speed, but I do like to drive a little bit faster than everyone else. So if everybody on the highway is doing 80, I'll do 82 or something, and if people are driving 60, I'll want to do 62. I think there's something in my blood, in my instincts, that makes me want to overtake." (Newsweek, Sept. 25, 2006)
It's difficult to lose a guy like Dario, not only because he's a great driver but because he's a good friend, too. We're going to miss him. But the series made great strides over the past couple of years and this year in particular. I was asked in Detroit why I wasn't the big story after my best finish, and that's awesome. It's about having many story lines, and I think the league is developing that.
I want to win races and I wanted people to know that.
I will say that it started, that whole being angry thing, because I wanted people to know that I wasn't OK with finishing sixth, I wasn't OK with driving my butt off and finishing eighth. I wasn't OK with those results. I'm not OK with finishing third.
The Indy 500 is the reason I started racing, the dream of winning this race has been my single focus since I was a kid. Through all the ups and down, it's the one thing that kept me going.
Winning was always the goal; it was really one of the only times I put 'girl' into my vocabulary - like it would be nice to be the first woman to do that. What it changes is things on the outside like the media, the endorsements and the fan attention. It doesn't change me as a driver.
What stands out about racing in Canada is how educated and how excited all the fans are.
One of the things that happens after I won, is that you want to win again so quickly. You get a little taste and you want it back.
He's a really fantastic driver and I'm actually excited and honored to be out there with him this weekend. I remember when I first came back to the United States, Paul was in Champ Car then. He's so good and he's just always so fast in qualifying and he's tough out there ... I remember that from when I was a kid, too. I've always been a Paul Tracy fan.
Where Are They Now
(April 2006) Her book, "Danica - Crossing the Line", begins selling.
(September 2007) In the Motorola AGR No.7 INDY car finished in second place at the road coarse Detroit Grand Prix at Bell Isle in Detroit, Michigan.
(February 2008) finished in 1st place ahead of 15 other racers during the INDY Car Open Test at Miami Homestead Speedway. Patrick posted the quickest lap during the five-hour session of 1.5 miles in 25.0772 seconds (213.182 mph).
(April 2008) In the Motorola AGR No.7 INDY car finished in first place at the Twin Ring Motegi Japan 300. She became the first female to win a major auto racing event worldwide.
(September 2008) After completing the 2008 IndyCar season at Chicagoland with a career high in the final season standings of 6th place, she then filmed the opening sequence for the National Football League's 2008 Sunday Night Football coverage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway which featured Patrick driving John Madden in his Madden Cruiser.
(January 2009) As part of a four driver team, drove the AT&T Childress Howard No. 2 Crawford DP08 during the late night segment of the Grand-Am Rolex 24 at Daytona.
(April 2009) In the Motorola AGR No. 7 IndyCar finished in fourth place at the Long Beach Grand Prix in California.
(May 2009) In the Boost Mobile Motorola AGR No. 7 IndyCar finished in third place at the Indianapolis 500. This was her third consecutive top-5 finish in 2009.
(June 2010) In the GoDaddy Andretti Autosport No. 7 Honda Dallara finished in 2nd place at the Texas Motor Speedway IndyCar Firestone 550.
(2010) Based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
(October 2010) In the GoDaddy Andretti Autosport No. 7 Honda Dallara finished in 2nd place at the Indy 300 in Miami.