While drag racer Courtney Force dazzled race fans with a smoking hot nude photo spread in ESPN The Magazine’s latest Body Issue, don’t expect Danica Patrick to follow suit anytime soon.
Yes, Danica had a sizzling shoot in FHM a few years back, and she has appeared in Maxim and the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated as well. But the nude thing? It isn’t happening anytime soon.
“I just never felt like that was something I needed or wanted to do,” Danica said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when asked about appearing in the buff. “A lot of the stuff that I’ve done that has been scantily clad has all been swimsuit stuff. I was also asked to do the painted section of the swimsuit issue. I was asked to do that the second year after I was in it the first time. I asked one of my most liberal friends if I should do it and she was like, ‘Um, that’s naked right? Last I checked that’s naked.’ Would I feel comfortable? I’m sure it’d be a little bit borderline.”
But a girl has to draw the line somewhere.
“There’s a difference to me between going to the beach and wearing a swimming suit and going to the beach and wearing nothing or paint,” Danica said. “That’s just pushing the limit a little bit. I mean as far as artistically I think it’d be really fun but it’s not things that I need to do to push the issue with my brand. There’s already enough stuff that I do that pushes that. So, I’d rather stay in my full comfort zone than go that far.”
At least for the moment.
“I might change my mind one year,” Patrick said. “And it might be something that parallels something else I’m doing, or where I’m at, or how I’m feeling. But just not right now.”
And don’t expect her to do a couples pictorial with hunky boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
“I think the swimsuit issue tried the couples thing and that didn’t work. So, I’d be surprised.”