Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. break up after five years together

Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr

The soon-to-be retired NASCAR driver and Stenhouse, a fellow circuit star, have called it quits after five years together, Patrick's rep confirmed Monday, via ESPN. The normally inseparable couple wasn't in evidence at the recent NASCAR awards, to which Stenhouse showed up solo.

Are you surprised to hear that Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have broken up?

Patrick and Stenhouse's relationship began just prior to their rookie Cup seasons in 2013.

Stenhouse said after that press conference that he supported Patrick in her decision and that he was certain she would succeed in whatever endeavors she pursues post-racing.

Patrick announced her retirement earlier in November. She said the couple is "no longer in a relationship". They had been married for seven years and had no children.

If Danica Patrick wasn't dealing with enough change for 2018 since she won't be back in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full time, she'll be navigating some changes away from the track as well.

Last month, Patrick announced she would compete in the 2018 Daytona 500 and 2018 Indianapolis 500 and that would end her racing career.

Patrick has a book - "Pretty Intense", a 90-day plan of diet and workouts - coming out next week.

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