What's buzzing:

From the Marbles

Danica Patrick announces her divorce

Jay Busbee
From The Marbles

View photo

.

Paul Hospenthal and Danica Patrick. (Getty Images)

Tough personal news out of NASCAR Tuesday, as Danica Patrick has announced via her Facebook page that she and Paul Hospenthal, her husband of seven years, will be divorcing.

"I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage," Patrick wrote in a statement. "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."

[Photos: Danica Patrick and Paul Hospenthal]

Hospenthal, a physical therapist, was not often present by Patrick's side during pre-race events in the way that many other NASCAR spouses are. The two met while he was treating Patrick for a non-racing injury, and married in 2005.

This year, Patrick was named the most popular driver in NASCAR's Nationwide series, and will begin racing full time in the top-level Sprint Cup series next year for Tony Stewart's Stewart-Haas Racing.

[Related: Looking back at the 2012 NASCAR season]

In 33 Nationwide races this year, Patrick ranked 10th and posted an average finish of 18.8, a year that included four top 10s. In the tougher Sprint Cup series, her average finish over 10 races was 28.3.

-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

More Danica Patrick coverage from Yahoo! Sports:

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Beer-chugging champ Brad Keselowski is perfect NASCAR pitchman
Winless Wizards coach Randy Wittman wonders if he's dumb
Y! Music: Journalist who streaked on Rihanna's jet explains why

View Comments (2759)
  • Hurricanes' CFO out after nearly 35 years with team

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Mike Amendola is out as the Carolina Hurricanes' chief financial officer. … More »

    AP - Sports - 12 minutes ago
  • Brampton Beast named Montreal Canadiens' ECHL affiliate

    The Brampton Beast were named the Montreal Canadiens second-tier minor league affiliate on Thursday. The Beast, who will be entering their third year of operations in the fall, were without a major league affiliate in their inaugural ECHL season, … More »

    The Canadian Press - 16 minutes ago
  • And now, we wait: Cavs and Warriors get time to rest

    Golden State coach Steve Kerr was chatting with assistant Luke Walton a few minutes before what became the Warriors' clinching victory in the Western Conference Finals, and a realization popped into his head. ''You know what we do now?'' Kerr … More »

    AP - Sports - 19 minutes ago
  • Accused former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner freed

    Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who has been accused of soliciting bribes as part of a vast corruption case against senior football officials, left jail in Trinidad and Tobago via ambulance on Thursday after he was granted bail, according to … More »

    Reuters - 24 minutes ago
  • Australia police weighing probe of FFA payment to Warner

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian police may investigate a payment of $500,000 (£326,331) by Football Federation Australia to Jack Warner after the former football powerbroker was arrested in a sweeping corruption probe launched by … More »

    Reuters - 25 minutes ago