"I always say I'll race people how they race me until they do something to make me change my mind.I don't anticipate that changing at all, or us having any issues on the track." As far as Roush Fenway is concerned, all this is none of the team's business as long as the drivers get on and do their job: "Our policy at Roush Fenway Racing has always been to let our drivers address their own personal lives," said RFR president Steve Newmark.'", Rusty Wallace told ESPN Sports Center about his own experiences racing family in NASCAR. I definitely had emotions racing against my brothers." "Ricky might choose Danica over me in a drafting situation, but that's fine," Cassill told USA Today, adding that the Wild West sensibility of doing 'anything to win' was actually one of the most appealing aspects of the sport."If drafting at Daytona with your girlfriend is what it takes to win, there will not be an asterisk next to the trophy," he pointed out."I know there's been a bit of a runaround this week at the media days and poor Ricky got grilled," she added, explaining that they had really not wanted to distract away from the legitimate racing news during NASCAR's press week.No hope of that not happening once the news did finally break, however."We recognise that they have lives beyond the track, and we wish them the best in any of their personal relationships, but don't feel that it is our role as a race team to discuss those relationships." You could almost hear the team sprinting as fast and as far away from the story as they could get, and the same sense of hasty decorum was evident from the official NASCAR reaction to the news as well."This relationship in no way violates any rules or regulations of the sport," was the opinion of NASCAR spokesman David Higdon.
Brad Keselowski was by no means the first when he said tongue-in-cheek that he was concerned that the relationship might violate NASCAR's testing policy.
Some even thought that Danica was looking rather cosy of late with one of her fellow Sprint Cup drivers in particular.
It was Danica's Friday confirmation that the 'Richard' to whom she referred was indeed the current, two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
She is one of the most famous sporting personalities in the US and the media spotlight on her is intensive, certainly far in excess of that of any other motor racing star in the US.
When she announced the end of her seven-year marriage to 47-year-old physical therapist Paul Hospenthal in November (the two filed final divorce papers at the start of this month), the paparazzi were immediately on the look-out for any signs of a prospective new romantic interest for her.