Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dating announcement is a ridiculous situation all around -- and the media is partly to blame
I'm very curious to see whether Brad Keselowski can pull off another championship season in a new car make, or if Jimmie Johnson will return to his dominance of the past. Or will Clint Bowyer or another newcomer take the crown?
There's bound to be lots of drama and excitement along the way, and I'll be there through it all with the rest of you enjoying it all.
But for now, it's still the offseason, and with the offseason comes silliness in bunches (remember Kasey Kahne's breastfeeding comments last year?). This week, with the media tour, silliness was everywhere, most notably in the form of Danica Patrick's dating announcement.
In case you missed it, Danica Patrick -- who is competing for Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year in 2013 driving for Stewart-Haas Racing -- announced she is dating Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- who is also competing for Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year, driving for Jack Roush.
This news comes on the heels of Danica announcing her divorce last November from husband Paul Hospenthal. In the divorce filing, she said her marriage was "irretrievably broken".
Apparently there were rumors of this new relationship with Ricky, and Danica decided to let the cat out of the bag this week.
"I have a boyfriend, his name is Richard," she said, confirming the speculation.
Stenhouse also confirmed that the two racers are dating, and that sets up the first time -- and probably last time -- that two ROTY competitors in the Sprint Cup series are also in a relationship.
I think it's safe to say that NASCAR has officially entered "As the World Turns" territory with this announcement. Call me old-fashioned, but I honestly don't care who any of the drivers -- male or female -- are dating. The fact that the media was even interested in this topic is quite annoying to me as a journalist.
Also annoying is the decision made by Patrick (and presumably Stenhouse too) to go ahead and make the announcement.
NASCAR fans aren't the type that run around in sewing circles. We don't care who Kim Kardashian is dating (well, we shouldn't), and we shouldn't care who Danica Patrick is dating. Bringing this kind of silly storyline into the national discussion is so unnecessary, it's beyond words. Date who you want, but don't waste my time by announcing it.
Danica said her rationale for announcing the relationship was as follows: "As opposed to speculation and people making up their own stories or talking amongst themselves or us feeling uncomfortable walking into each other's (motorhomes) moving forward, or around our teams or anything, it's just easier to be up front and get it out of the way then to have any kind of awkward speculation."