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Danica Patrick divorcing her husband of 7 years

Danica Patrick and her husband at the Indy 500 in 2011. (Darron Cummings / AP)

Danica Patrick and her husband, Paul Hospenthal, are divorcing after seven years of marriage.

Patrick, 30, announced the split on Facebook, saying:

“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.”

The two met when Hospenthal, a physical therapist who is 17 years older than Patrick, was treating her for a non-racing injury. They were married in 2005.

Patrick just finished her first full season driving in NASCAR’s Nationwide races after leaving IndyCar racing and finished 10th in points. She drove in 10 Sprint Cup races and will move up to NASCAR’s top level full-time next year.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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