How a Tough, Gorgeous Former Race Car Driver Slows Down

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Danica Patrick with her dog

The Beauty Closet Questionnaire

Megan O’Neill and Jean Godfrey-June

goop beauty editors Jean Godfrey-June and Megan O’Neill love to ask—and answer—questions. On their podcast, The Beauty Closet, they’re doing both. To familiarize you with each week’s guest, we came up with a goop beauty (and life) questionnaire.

This Week We’re Talking To:

Danica Patrick, author, podcast host,
entrepreneur, and former race car driver

As the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel car racing, Danica Patrick never felt she needed to soft-pedal her gender or minimize her considerable physical appeal to make other people more comfortable. “It’s that saying: The way that you treat me says nothing about me and everything about you,” she says. “I’m not denying being a woman. I don’t care what people say because I don’t deny these things. I welcome them, allow them, embrace them, and use them. Sometimes the things that we’re denying that make us different are exactly what are needed to move to the next level.”

Now the author of two books (Pretty Intense and Danica: Crossing the Line); the host of Pretty Intense, a podcast about pursuing personal and professional dreams; and the founder of Somnium Wine (“somnium” is Latin for dream), she’s at least as busy as she was racing cars but, she says, considerably more grounded. “I let go of racing rather than quitting,” she reflects. That was something of spiritual shift for her—one that powered her transition to entrepreneurship. “If you approach what you want with the level of consciousness that it’s too hard, that it’s not possible, it will continue to be too hard and not possible,” she says. “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

Patrick balances that toughness with wellness practices and self-care. “I meditate, I journal, I pull cards, I have crystals,” she says. She also loves clean beauty—lots of it—so we had to get her favorites.

Go-to weeknight recipe?

I can cook anything!

Favorite hotel?

Boutique hotels without hallways or elevators.

Preferred form of exercise?

A CrossFit-style HIIT workout or hiking to relax and be in nature.

Drink of choice?

Water, wine, coffee.

Proudest moment?

The levels of accountability I have had my whole life, professionally first, then more recently, personally.

Perfect Sunday afternoon?

Waffles, coffee, birds chirping, hiking, music playing all day, laughing, and a nice bottle of wine with a dinner that I cook.

What would you put on your neon sign?

Pretty Intense.

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