Danica Patrick is known for being the most successful female racer in the history of open-wheel racing in America. She is the only woman in history to register a podium finish at the Indianapolis 500 where she secured a 3rd place in '09 and she is also the only woman to have ever won in the IndyCar Series after she finished first at the Indy Japan 300 in 2008. Like most racing drivers, Patrick began her career with go-kart racing and joined Formula Ford in Britain before returning to the US and racing in the IndyCar series. She was awarded the Rookie of the Year award for the 2005 season of the IndyCar Series as well as the Indianapolis 500. Having completed 50 consecutive races as of October 2011, Patrick also holds the record for most consecutive races running at the finish in the IRL. Patrick joined the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2010 and has been competing in the series ever since.
Apart from being a professional racing driver, Danica Patrick has also worked as a model and a spokesmodel. As of March 2012, Patrick has an estimated net worth of around $18 million. She earned $5 million of her fortune during ’06-’07 and her annual earnings rose to $7 million during ’08-’09. For the periods between ’09-’10 and ’10-’11, Patrick commanded an annual earnings of $12 million.
An avid auto enthusiast off track as well, Patrick owns a Lamborghini Gallardo which is worth $202,000. In April 2007, Patrick and her husband Paul Hospenthal purchased a 7,531-square-foot home in the Ancala, Scottsdale. The home comes with a 600 square-foot pool of its own and cost the couple a cool $4.06 million.
Danica is married to Paul Hospenthal who works as a personal trainer and a physical therapist, runs the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Desert Institute of Physical Therapy. Paul is 17 years older than Danica. The couple met in 2002 after she hurt herself during a yoga session. The pair got engaged in November 2004 over Thanksgiving. Even though the wedding details were finalized in January 2005, Danica wanted to concentrate on the racing season ahead and thus the wedding took place only in November 2005.