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#10-Danica Patrick revealed to The Associated Press she and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are a couple, ending widespread speculation about the nature of their relationship.

"I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard," she said during an exclusive telephone interview with AP. The couple waited until the end of Charlotte Motor Speedway's weeklong annual media tour to go public with their relationship, which started as a friendship as they raced each other the last two seasons in the Nationwide Series.

Stenhouse became a mentor of sorts to the 30-year-old Patrick, who left IndyCar after the 2011 season to make the full-time switch to NASCAR. Stenhouse, 25, 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 announced in November she and husband Paul Hospenthal were divorcing after seven years, and said in the Jan. 3 filing that her marriage to the 47-year-old Hospenthal was "irretrievably broken".

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January 25, 2013  07:10 PM ET

OMG I am rolling on the floor, STOP you got to be kidding.

January 25, 2013  07:23 PM ET
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OMG I am rolling on the floor, STOP you got to be kidding.

Is that my spleen?

January 25, 2013  09:30 PM ET
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OMG I am rolling on the floor, STOP you got to be kidding.

Unfortunately, it is true......Stenhouse can kiss his racing successes good bye for this year....or for as long as it lasts.

Driver relationships work best when both are focused on one driver's success.....one nice driver and one DIVA driver does not sound like a good success combo.

January 25, 2013  09:35 PM ET

I see a lot of potential humour in this "romance".

Will Danica fluff her helmet and blow him kisses whenever she passes him?.....probably not, because she is lousy at passing LOL

If she punts him into the wall, will she tear after him in the pits after the race?

Will she "Cassill" him, if he ticks her off?

If he constantly finishes higher than her, what kind of "romantic" evening will there be? (and I really do not want the answer to that ) LOL

January 25, 2013  09:41 PM ET
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Unfortunately, it is true......Stenhouse can kiss his racing successes good bye for this year....or for as long as it lasts.Driver relationships work best when both are focused on one driver's success.....one nice driver and one DIVA driver does not sound like a good success combo.

Just like Dale, Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

January 26, 2013  10:30 AM ET

The way I see it is if Danica can't win on the track (and she can't), she will win in the news!

January 26, 2013  03:43 PM ET
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The way I see it is if Danica can't win on the track (and she can't), she will win in the news!

exactly......but not a win to be proud of.

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January 29, 2013  06:17 PM ET

Please Danica, go away!

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February 7, 2013  02:40 PM ET
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Please Danica, go away!

as long as she is a commercial dream, we are stuck with her....ugh.

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