Danica Patrick says motherhood isn't on the horizon

05/26/2008 at 01:18 PM ET

Danicapatrick_kmazu_9445561_max_cbbIndyCar driver Danica Patrick is enjoying life in the fast lane far too much to slow down now.  The 26-year-old, married to Paul Hospenthal, told reporters following yesterdays Indy 500 race that although she always knew she wanted to be a wife she’s still not sold on motherhood.

I never worried about kids. But I always wanted to get married.

Of course, the dangerous nature of her job means that if she were to become pregnant she’d need to take an extended break from the race track.  Right now, Danica said, such a layoff is not in the works.

I have worked way too hard to get where I am to stop, and it does mean stop.  We in racing do not get to take a year off because we’re tired or we want to have children — maybe when racing is over with, but definitely not until then.

Danica and Paul were married in 2005.

Source:  OK!; Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

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EK on

She’s very pretty I like her dress

zaoli on

I understand what she is trying to say and I applaud her for understanding the demands of a family but I have to say, as a SAHM, I am tired and I have children and I have never taken a year off. 🙂

Erin on

Love to see a woman go after what she wants!!! Just because you get married doesn’t mean you must have children.

Manda Jo on

I had no idea she was married! I never thought…a guy race car driver has a family, bam he has one. A female on the other hand…not so easy!

shnookems on

That’s why it is so tough to be a woman in racing. Where most pregnant women can continue to work, pregnant race car drivers can’t very well continue to do their jobs. I give these girls credit. Being a pro driver means giving up a lot more than most people realize.

I’m much, much more of an NHRA fan, but I am totally thrilled by all the winning women in motorsports recently. It’s really an awesome thing!

Sarah Paige on

I think it’s great that she knows what she wants. Plus she’s so young yet! She has plenty of time. She should do this while she can. Good for her!

jag on

I think Danica is awesome…there was a great post about her on http://www.grrlplanet.com recently (which is a really funny site written by a lesbian). Danica rocks, and she got totally sidelined by that jerk recently.She should have beaten the crap out of him.

Stephany on

I don’t follow racing but I love Danica Patrick and all that she’s accomplished. The time will be right for her one day, perhaps. She shouldn’t do it just because it’s “socially acceptable” to get married and have babies. She’s doing great and she just needs to keep doing what makes her happy.