Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/16/13

Danica Patrick announced her divorce from husband Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page. She said the two have amicably decided to end their marriage. (if there truly is such a thing?) Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and he is 17 years older than the 30-year-old NASCAR driver. “I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage. This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward,” Patrick wrote on her Facebook wall. Update: Danica Patrick has made her split from husband Paul Hospenthal official, Sporting News reports. The NASCAR driver filed for divorce on Jan. 3, citing an “irretrievably broken” marriage. In the filing, Patrick stated that the couple has a prenuptial agreement and that neither she nor Hospenthal will seek alimony. “My marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation,” Patrick stated. Patrick just completed her first full season in NASCAR, running the full Nationwide schedule and 10 Sprint Cup Series races. Previously, competed in IndyCar. She finished 10th in Nationwide points, becoming the highest-finishing female driver in the history of NASCAR’s three national series. Next year she’ll do more Sprint Cup. And endorsing, as she just released this new ad for Sega But here’s one show she won’t be doing. After Lindsey Vonn, Patrick becomes the second big name, well-achieved, ultra-gorgeous female athlete to get divorced in the calendar year. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.

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