The list of athletes to pose for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is long and impressive. Former NASCAR driver turned business woman Danica Patrick joined the list several years ago.
Patrick, who made history during her racing career, posed for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in back-to-back years. She posed for the issue in 2008 and ’09, even appearing on the cover (in small fashion, but still on the cover).
“You could actually say I was on the cover,” Patrick said in an interview years ago. “I had a little image in the top right corner of the cover. I think Bar Refaeli was the cover girl that year.”
Patrick called the experience unforgettable.
“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.
Sports Illustrated’s YouTube page shared a behind-the-scenes look at Patrick’s photoshoot in 2009, as well.
Patrick’s full 2008 and 2009 photoshoots can be seen here.
The 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, meanwhile, hit newsstands earlier this year. It featured another superstar athlete in Naomi Osaka.
Photos from the 2021 issue can be seen here.