Danica Patrick divorcing husband Paul Hospenthal

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Danica Patrick announced that she was divorcing her husband, Paul Hospenthal (left). The two had been married for seven years. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick said on Tuesday that she and her husband, Paul Hospenthal, were ending their seven-year marriage. Patrick made the announcement on her Facebook page:

"I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage. 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."

Hospenthal is a physical therapist; the two met when he was treating Patrick for a nonracing injury. Patrick is 17 years younger than Hospenthal--she turned 30 in March. The couple married in 2005.