Patrick remembers sitting by herself in a Starbucks in Long Beach, Calif., on the weekend of her first Toyota Atlantics race in 2004.
She looked across the street at a theater that was showing “Passion of the Christ,” a movie that intrigued her. She took the opportunity to see it and left with questions. At the hotel she called Hospenthal, whom she had been dating for 18 months. He surprised her with information.
He was Catholic.
“I was nothing, really, but I always had this sort of faith in the bottom of my heart that I didn’t know where it came from,” she said. “I had never (gone) to church; we were always racing on Sundays. I just became intrigued.
“I started asking him questions. We talked a lot about it.”
Patrick formally professed her faith in 2005, another of last year’s life-changing moments. The Indy 500, Catholicism and a wedding.
This is a pretty interesting discovery. Danica Patrick is the face of a racing “league” that shall not be mentioned but what a cool story about how just going into a movie theater changed someone’s life.