AceShowbiz - %cAaron Rodgers% wasn't shy to show his love for girlfriend %cDanica Patrick% in public. The 34-year-old Green Bay Packers quarterback was photographed planting a kiss on his race car driver girlfriend, 35, before her very last Daytona 500 race in Daytona Beach on Sunday, February 18. She's retiring after this.
Rodgers and Patrick puckered up right after the National Anthem ended, before she got into her car at the starting line. However, the kiss didn't prove to be the lucky charm she needed, as the brunette beauty ended up crashing during Stage 2, making her unable to complete the race.
Patrick, who announced in November that she would be retiring, wrecked her No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet just past halfway on Lap 101 as she got swept up in a multi-car collision on the track. While she emerged from the crash unscathed, the star appeared shaken by the nasty end to her racing career.
Met my QB @AaronRodgers12 today @DISupdates ! I introduced myself and talked to him for a few min - super nice, extremely calm and kind. Got this video before @DanicaPatrick got in the car! :) :) pic.twitter.com/owobv3AAAl— Claire B Lang (@ClaireBLang) February 18, 2018
Following the race, Patrick, who had her brunette tresses down and wore dark shades and her green GoDaddy jumpsuit, talked to Yahoo! Sports about the race and thanked her pit-team for their support during her final trip to the track as a pro driver.
"The car was a lot better than it was in the Duel," Patrick said after her crash. "It was a lot better than practice." She continued, "Tony Eury, Jr., my crew chief did an awesome job. The guys on the whole team did a really good job."
"I know we pulled this together not that long ago, a month ago. That is a tall order to get a car ready for a superspeedway that is competitive. But, it was. I said earlier today that I feel like the whole thing was picture perfect with GoDaddy on the car, and it being that green again. It just wasn't meant to be today," she added.
"I am proud-we raced the whole race other than a little bit at the end of that first stage," she told the site, "Other than that, we raced it and the car was competitive. That is all you can do. That is the gamble at Daytona. It can go so well; and it can go so awful... I'm just sad that it ended that way."
Patrick has one more race left in her race car career. She will drive on May 27 in the Indianapolis 500 for Ed Carpenter Racing. "I'm grateful for everything," she revealed to the news outlet. "Thank you to all the fans. Still have one more (race). It is not a stock car (race), but still have one more."