That’s because the driver Stenhouse beat out for the honor, Danica Patrick, happens to be his girlfriend.
Stenhouse finished 19th in the Cup standings, while Patrick finished 27th. “Battles are tough, especially when you are going against your girlfriend,” Stenhouse said.
He found out quickly that what happens at work should stay at work.
“We’ve had a few run-ins, which resulted in one really quiet ride home,” Stenhouse said. “And I learned real quick that if there’s a question it could be my fault, it’s better to go ahead and just apologize and get it over with. But all in all, we had a lot of fun this year.”
Stenhouse accepted the 2013 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year award on Thursday.
But losing out on the award didn’t slow Patrick down, as she was out on Friday, giving CNBC Los Angeles reporter Jane Wells a ride and an interview.
#Danica Patrick tells me off camera that she never gets out of speeding tickets. "They love to ticket me."— janewells (@janewells) December 6, 2013
#Danica also saying her life insurance premiums "require a good income."— janewells (@janewells) December 6, 2013
Here’s Patrick talking last month about her rookie season in NASCAR: