Paul Hospenthal and Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick and her husband, Paul Hospenthal, are getting a divorce.

"I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage," the former IndyCar racer wrote on her Facebook page. "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."

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Patrick, 30, and Hospenthal, 47, were married in 2005 after becoming engaged on Thanksgiving in 2004. They met when Hospenthal, a physical therapist, threated Patrick, who switched to NASCAR this year, for an injury. They had no children.