Danica Patrick Divorce From Paul Hospenthal Filed: What Happened To The NASCAR Driver's Marriage?

By Staff Reporter, Posted: 01/15/13 11:03AM EST

NASCAR season is still a month away but NASCAR drama is already here.

Last Thursday, Danica Patrick announced that she will not participate in this year's Indianapolis 500 in order to dedicate the season exclusively to NASCAR. In fact, the self-proclaimed "honey badger" skipped the Indy 500 last year as well.

An eventful January for the 30-year-old, Patrick also officially filed her divorce from husband Paul Hospenthal earlier this month as well. The divorce documents were signed and filed in Arizona on January 3.

"My marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation," Patrick said in her petition.

On Facebook, she reached out to her hundreds of thousands of fans.

"I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage. 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."

Danica Patrick met Paul Hospenthal, a physical therapist, in 2002 when Patrick was being treated for a hip injury. The two fell in love and were married in 2005.

According to Sporting News, neither Patrick or Hospenthal are requesting for alimony. According to multiple news outlets, Danica Patrick is worth $18 million.

Despite the clean and mutual divorce, the reasons behind the fallout are unclear.

"I've always been very private about my private life and I'm going to keep it that way," Patrick said in a Huffington Post interview in November.

No further explanation for the rift was explained in the divorce paperwork, as Arizona is a so-called "no-fault" state, which means that divorcing parties are not required to give a reason for parting ways.

However, if we were to guess the reasons behind the divorce, the couple of seven years never had children. What's more, a racer's career in motorsports demands relentlessly high levels of mental and physical dedication that often strains the relationship with their spouses.

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