BY THE TIME you read this, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. may have broken up. It's just the nature of relationships, and, in this case, even more so the nature of office relationships.
(Everyone knows the old expression - you should never drive and park in the same place.)
I've said it before and I'll say it again:
Lawyers shouldn't date lawyers.
Podiatrists shouldn't date podiatrists.
Molecular biologists shouldn't date molecular biologists.
And NASCAR drivers shouldn't date NASCAR drivers.
(The sole exception, of course, would've been physicists Pierre and Marie Curie - that was a match made in hydrogen and helium gas. Pierre and Marie liked nothing better than weighing out a 100-gram sample of pitchblende and grounding it with a pestle and mortar. They kept each other awake at night with barium jokes; radioactivity was an aphrodisiac for them.)
Nonetheless, Patrick continues to steer her own path, professionally and personally - she's certainly a different animal than most athletes. For instance, Patrick loves modern art, particularly Salvador Dali; Richard Petty, on the other hand, was fond of "Dogs Playing Poker."
The photogenic Patrick-Stenhouse pairing, actually, seems somewhat predictable. I remember what my Uncle Stanislav told me as I was coming of age, "Chicks always go for the guy in a cowboy hat and a huge silver belt buckle," and, well, Stenhouse literally fits the bill.
I'm not sure how they met, but it probably was by speed dating or at a NASCAR drive-thru singles function.
Her: "What type of car do you drive?"
Him: What type of car do you drive?
For the record, she's driving a Chevrolet and he's driving a Ford, which makes no sense to me, since Japanese cars have been outperforming their American counterparts since, like, 1985.
(Column Intermission: Springbrook High's boys basketball team ended a disappointing 13-10 season with a first-round loss in the Maryland state playoffs. I'll be perfectly blunt here: My tax dollars deserve better than 13-10. I'm talking to coach Tom Crowell about instating a PB&J-and-PBR training regimen next year. As for junior forward Isaiah Eisendorf, my stepson played hard all season, but he's staring at a long, hot summer - 200 foul shots a day, plus cutting the lawn.)
Frankly, anywhere "Stenica" goes together, there's always going to be one backseat driver.
On top of normal boy-girl stuff, there are so many hurdles for Patrick and Stenhouse to overcome.