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February 19, 2013

Danica at a key career moment after life changes

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Patrick came into the season with a new man, a new outlook on life and a determination to be happy on and off the track. Where that takes her is anyone’s guess because Patrick, so certain all those years she was a race car driver and had no interest in having children, is suddenly murky on motherhood.
 
“I don’t know. I always used to say no. Now, I don’t know. I’m in a whole new situation now,” she told The Associated Press. “I do know I wouldn’t compromise my career. I would not stop racing for that. If I did want to stop racing for that, then I would lose my passion for racing and it would be that point in time when I would want to stop racing.”
 
Seemingly icy all those years, Patrick is suddenly an open book. She’s done a total 180 and is putting herself out there much like a head-over-heels-in-love schoolgirl.
 
“People tell me I’ve changed. Maybe. I’m happy,” she said. “You get kind of giddy about it, almost. Ricky and I like talking about each other. But life is just simpler now. I feel like I don’t have to think as much. There was always an element of me that felt like I had to do the right thing all the time. Now I feel like I want to be me. I want to be relaxed, less calculated. My return on investment was not right, and I am done overthinking things.”
 
If it seems as though Patrick has an opportunity at a fresh start, she is adamant that is not how she views this period of change.
 
“I think everything you do lasts. It is who you are and where you’ve been and I wouldn’t be here today if not for all the things I’ve done up until this point,” she said. “But there are definitely some starting overs that are clear and obvious. I think I’m just doing what it takes to be happy and feeling at peace with what you do and who you are.

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