Former NASCAR driver turned business woman Danica Patrick is among the loaded list of athletes to have posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
Patrick, now 39, posed for the iconic magazine issue in 2008 and again in 2009. The former race car driver has opened up about posing for the magazine.
“I had so much fun. It was a great experience and I loved it completely. Like, I wish I was a swimsuit model because it was really fun,” Patrick told Sports Illustrated of her experience.
Patrick added: “You could actually say I was on the cover. I had a little image in the top right corner of the cover. I think Bar Refaeli was the cover girl that year.”
In a behind-the-scenes video on YouTube, Patrick opened up more about her photoshoots with the iconic magazine.
“The swimsuit issue is something that I am going to generalize – everyone looks at. I am just so flattered, because it’s such a unique and prestigious piece to be a part of,” Patrick told Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.
The 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue featured a notable athlete, too. Tennis star Naomi Osaka is on the cover of this year’s issue.
Photos from the 2021 issue can be seen here.