Danica Patrick has a new boyfriend

Oooo-la-la! Guess who's got a new boyfriend? Danica Patrick confirmed to the Associated Press that she's in a relationship with fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

"I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard," she said during an exclusive telephone interview with AP. "I think I am just finally excited to tell someone about this," Patrick laughed, sounding almost giddy as she said the two-time Nationwide champion's middle name is Lynn and he prefers she use his first name.

According to Sports Illustrated, Stenhouse confirmed the relationship:

"Yes we are dating," he said. "I don't normally say too much about my private life, always been focused on the track. I didn't want to confirm at media day so that we could keep the focus on the season, the Gen-6 (car), my sponsors and team. That's what it's all about for me."

The couple purposely waited until the end of the Charlotte Motor Speedway's week long annual media tour to announce their relationship so the focus would be on the upcoming season, and not them. 

"It was out of respect to NASCAR, to all the manufacturers, the new cars, the teams, the sponsors, just to allow the news of the day to be about racing and not let anything interfere with that. So, it's Friday now, so that's why we waited until the end of the week to be up front about each other," said Patrick.

In November of last year Danica Patrick announced that she and husband Paul Hospenthal were divorcing after seven years. In the Jan. 3 filing she stated that her marriage to the 47-year-old Hospenthal was "irretrievably broken." I'm happy for Danica. I hope that she and Ricky find what their looking for in each other and that they continue to move forward successfully on and off the track.

I love, love!

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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