Danica Patrick writes about her relationship with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on Derek Jeter’s new website


The saying “opposites attract” could well describe the relationship between Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

At least that’s how Patrick tells it.

“Look, if it’s crazy to want to go to sleep next to the person who ran your car off the road going 200 miles per hour earlier that day, then I’m certifiable,” Patrick writes in the opening line of her first column on Derek Jeter’s new website, The Players’ Tribune.

She adds, “Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a balls-to-the wall, go-hard-or-go-home, lift-only-when-you-see-God-twice kind of NASCAR driver. He’s Ford. I’m Chevy. It’s the Montagues and the Capulets. He’s grits. I’m granola. We’re the opposite in almost every way.”

That then dovetails into the explanation and fall out after the two drivers collided at the opening round of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase at Chicagoland.

But then Patrick dives further into misunderstandings, which seem to be a common thread between the two of them on the race track, and abnormalities, which appears to be a good way to describe their relationship.

If she’s happy, she writes, she’s a better race car driver.

Happiness has not always been easy for her to achieve, given her detractors and some of the criticisms she’s faced along the way.

But she is candid, flat out and seemingly in a happy state of mind when writing this piece.

It’s a story about their relationship, but primarily driven by the racing elements that drive each of them to be better people.