Danica Patrick and husband divorcing after seven years

By Kristen Porricelli,

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has announced that she and her husband, Paul Hospenthal, are filing for divorce after seven years of marriage.

"I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage," Patrick posted on her Facebook page.

She met Hospenthal, who is a physical therapist and 17 years older than her, when he treated her for a non-racing injury, reports E! News.

"This isn't easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that's how we will remain moving forward," Patrick continued.

The NASCAR driver also recently won the Nationwide Series' most popular driver award and tweeted her fans to thank them.

Patrick is set to race full time in the top-level Sprint Cup series for Tony Stewart's Stewart-Haas Racing next year, according to Yahoo Sports.

 
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