Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. end 5-year relationship

FILE - In this July 2, 2016, file photo, Danica Patrick greets fans during driver introductions before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Danica Patrick is done at Stewart-Haas Racing and her future in NASCAR is now up in the air amid a sponsorship shake-up. Patrick posted a statement on her Facebook page Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 saying her time with Stewart-Haas “had come to an end” due to a new sponsorship arrangement for the team next season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have ended their nearly five-year relationship.

A spokeswoman for Patrick confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that the race car drivers "are no longer in a relationship."

Patrick didn't attend the season-ending awards ceremony last month in Las Vegas with Stenhouse, who was honored for making NASCAR's playoffs in 2017. That led to speculation about the status of the most prolific couple in motorsports.

Patrick and Stenhouse announced they were dating in early 2013. She is retiring as a full-time driver and hopes to end her career next year by racing in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. It's an outgoing celebration she has dubbed the "Danica Double."

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