The news comes just after Patrick announced her formal plans to retire from racing following runs in the 2018 Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.
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. Patrick wants kids but has said she wants to be married first; she was previously married to Paul Hospenthal for seven years.
Per Yahoo Sports' Nick Bromberg, the pair began dating in 2012, following Patrick's move from IndyCar to NASCAR. But with the influx of female drivers into the sport, perhaps this will not be the first time we see this happen.
The ESPN piece doesn't say it in so many words, but it definitely leads one to wonder whether different life goals may have been the issue.
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