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Throwback: Danica Patrick's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Island Shoot

Danica Patrick attends the 2018 ESPYs.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 18: Racing driver Danica Patrick attends The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Former NASCAR driver turned business woman Danica Patrick is on the list of notable athletes to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Patrick, now 39, posed for the iconic magazine issue in 2008 and '09.

“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 added that she wishes she could have been a full-time swimsuit model.

“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.

One of Patrick's photoshoots took place on Singer Island in Florida. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit released a behind-the-scenes look at that photoshoot.

Patrick is one of several notable athletes to have posed for the iconic magazine issue.

Alex MorganGenie BouchardLindsey VonnPaige Spiranac and Maria Sharapova, among others, have all posed for the issue.

The 2021 issue, which features tennis star Naomi Osaka, hit newsstands earlier this summer and can be seen here.