Patrick announced that her husband of seven years, Paul Hospenthal, and she had filed for a divorce at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series final race in Homestead, Florida,

Since then, rumors and speculation of whom she was dating circulated, but she and her new guy were keeping quiet. Finally the 30 year old driver admitted to the Associated Press during an exclusive phone interview that it was indeed the 2012 Nationwide champion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The friendship they built while challenging one another on the race tracks was noticeable but both she and Stenhouse kept their budding relationship quiet. After Patrick came forth with the news, Stenhouse confirmed that their friendship had grown and yes, they are indeed dating.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing Ford

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Stenhouse actually had to dodge the question during the NASCAR tour in Charlotte. He handled the question by saying, "We've got a great relationship.” He then turned his and the media’s attention back to the new NASCCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and his first year running in the Cup series with the Roush Fenway Racing Ford team.

Patrick will also be contesting for the Sprint Cup title with RFR’s rival team Stewart-Haas Racing in a Chevrolet. Both she and Stenhouse raced against one another in the Nationwide series so being rivals is not new to them, and both were positive on the strength of their relationship; especially since it is out in the open.