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Look: Danica Patrick's Top Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photos

Danica Patrick speaking to the media.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, talks to the media during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Happy birthday, Danica Patrick.

The legendary race car driver turned 40 years old on Friday. Patrick celebrated her birthday with friends and family members.

"I love the years.... life keeps getting better in so many ways. Thank you to all of my family, friends, and those who reached out. I felt very loved," Patrick wrote on Instagram.

Patrick has done quite a bit over the course of her 40 years on Earth, including posing for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

The former racing star actually posed twice.

“You could actually say I was on the cover,” said Patrick, who posed in 2008 and ’09. “I had a little image in the top right corner of the cover. I think Bar Refaeli was the cover girl that year.”


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Patrick is one of several notable athletes to pose for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Also on the list: Alex Morgan, Ronda Rousey, Sloane Stephens, Maria Sharapova, Genie Bouchard and many others.

“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,” she added.


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Unsurprisingly, many of Patrick's shoots were racing themed.

The 2022 edition of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will be out later this year.