American motorsport darling reveals sad secret

Yahoo! New Zealand Sport Updated November 23, 2012, 11:00 am

She is known for being a hard women on the track but American NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is dealing with some sad news off it.

The motorsport darling, and former IndyCar star, revealed that she and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage.

Patrick announced the split with Paul Hospenthal via her Facebook page with the comment

"I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided amicably end our marriage," she said.

"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."\

Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury.

Despite being 17-years older than the now 30-year-old driver, the pair tied the knot in 2005.

Patrick is a well known face in American sport with the raven-haired beauty just completing her first full season in NASCAR.