Danica Patrick divorce finalized

Published On: Apr 26 2013 11:38:35 AM EDT

Danica Patrick's divorce from Paul Hospenthal has been finalized after just five months. The pair filed for divorce in January.

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Patrick announced their plans to divorce on Facebook last year writing:

I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 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. 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.

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In February Patrick announced she was dating fellow 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.

"We are dating, and I know there's been a bit of a runaround this week at the media days and poor Ricky got grilled (with questions)," she said. "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."

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."

Patrick rocketed to worldwide prominence when she challenged for the Indy 500 win as a rookie, becoming the first woman to lead laps while finishing fourth in 2005. She finished a career-best third in 2009.  She began dabbling in NASCAR in 2010 in the Nationwide Series, and moved full-time last year leaving IndyCar and the 500 behind.

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