Although she’s no longer racing, former professional race car driver Danica Patrick spoke with “Extra’s” Nate Burleson today about her work reporting from the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday.
Danica shared, “I’m looking forward to just doing it. I think in general bringing sports in any capacity to people is a positive because we’re all grasping at something to bring us together, even if it’s virtually or energetically through sports. Even if there are no fans, it’s still much, much better than nothing.”
She also shared details with Nate about her burgeoning wine business and her new Danica Rosé, telling him, “A lot of people think it’s my first wine venture, but it’s not. I bought property in Napa Valley in 2009 and planted the vineyard a couple of years later. For me, having a wine label in Napa Valley was a dream. That’s the origin of my love for wine. The opportunity to make an authentic rosé is a cool opportunity.”
Danica Rosé wine comes in an elegant custom glass bottle that pays homage to the blend’s French origin and is available in select retail locations in California, Florida, and New York and online at DanicaRoseWine.com.
In addition, Danica is partnering with the online fundraising platform Omaze for a campaign supporting Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members. Fans can visit the Omaze website to enter for a chance to watch the Monaco Grand Prix in Nice, France on a yacht with Danica.
Danica said about the fan experience, “It’s not only to watch (The Grand Prix), but to watch from the best place around track to watch it from. There’s yachts everywhere and it’s very, very fancy docks and so we have a boat slip in the best place to watch it.” She added, “It’s going to be endless rosé and amazing food. It’s really a sensory overload. You can smell the cars and you can hear them, you can see them, you can feel the engines and then you’re going to taste lots of good stuff just to complete all the senses. It’s really cool and you’re going to have exclusive access.”
Does she miss racing? She told Nate, “No, I think you just reach a point where you have done it. You’re just like, ‘I’ve done it.’ I’m glad I’m not doing it anymore, I’m happy to be watching!”
Fans can visit Omaze.com/Danica to enter for a chance to watch the Monaco Grand Prix with Danica. Every donation provides chances to win and supports the work of Folds of Honor. The campaign ends September 29 at 11:59 PST.
NBC Sports presents the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, August 23, on NBC.