INDIANAPOLIS – Danica Patrick has revealed she has no plans to become the ‘Supermom’ of motor racing after admitting she does not intend to start a family.
Two days ahead of the Indianapolis 500, the 29-year-old insisted that her racing commitments in IndyCar and NASCAR have caused her to put any thoughts of motherhood aside, and that is unlikely to change even once she hangs up her helmet.
Patrick and husband Paul Hospenthal have been together for six years but have agreed that her motorsports career will take priority over having children for the foreseeable future.
“I think it is something which is probably not for me at this point and realistically, I don’t know when that point would ever be,” Patrick told Yahoo! Sports. “My focus is on racing and of course I have a lot of outside interests which take up my time.”
Patrick has established herself as the most famous driver in IndyCar and speculation linking her with a permanent move to NASCAR has been rife. Yet fans have long wondered whether she would follow the example of other high-profile female athletes by taking a career break to start a family, before returning to the track.
However, the first lady of motorsport, who will drive the No.7 GoDaddy Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda in Sunday’s great race, is committing to continuing her track career until she is approaching her 40th birthday.
“I am not someone who has a strong yearning for kids at all,” she told USA Today. “I see all my friends with kids. I will get up at 10 a.m. and text them and they’ll say ‘Ha, funny. One of my sons was in my room at 5.30 in the morning so I can’t say I slept until 10.’ That’s just their life.
“I think more all the time that it looks hard, that looks like something I am not ready for and doesn’t interest me at this point.”
Patrick is an intriguing figure and much has been made of what the future holds for IndyCar if she were to jump ship and accept a lucrative payday in NASCAR. Much of IndyCar’s marketability is built around Patrick and she commands media attention and sponsor interest like virtually no other racer.
“She could be the most powerful person in sports,” said fellow competitor Paul Tracy. “When you look at it, who else has that level of power?
“She has everything in the palm of her hand, everyone wants her and is going to be making her offers. She holds all the cards.”