Danica Patrick reveals a side of herself you didn't know

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If you thought you knew everything about NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, think again. When the 32-year-old sat down with AOL.com's Brian Balthazar, one of the most successful professional female race car drivers in history revealed five things that might surprise you.

1. Danica has anxiety behind the wheel

She may have the ultimate control on the speedway when she's suited up for a big race, but when she's going to the grocery store in a civilian car the anxiety sets in. "I'm very impatient. I have physical anxiety when riding in a car with someone or driving," says Patrick. She explains that even if she's got her own two hands on the wheel she's still got that need for speed. "If I can't get my way through or if somebody's driving next to someone who won't go... bumper-to-bumper traffic doesn't bother me because there's nothing I can do about it. But if I see open road in front of the car that's in front of me, I get very frustrated... Go!" Take notes, people. If you see Danica Patrick in the rear view mirror? Move!

2. Danica drives crazier than her racer boyfriend

Yes, she's the female face of NASCAR, but there's nothing girly about her behind the wheel. She tells AOL.com that when it comes to driving off the track the only person she'll cede the wheel to is her boyfriend, fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. "My boyfriend is a race car driver so then now we have a whole new scenario. I drive a lot more crazy on the road than him so I let him get the tickets potentially, not me." How considerate!

3. When she was single, guys wouldn't talk to her?

Patrick is not just a top-notch race car driver but she commands her model looks on-screen and in print as she did in the ever-popular Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue back in 2008. But believe it or not, she tells us, when she was single guys didn't really hit on her. She jokingly said, "Apparently, I'm intimidating! That's why no one wants to talk to me and no guy likes me." (um, side note, a LOT of guys like you!) "Someone talked to me! That's all it took!" When it comes to the first move, she laughed and said, "I don't know, I think it comes from friendships, you know, that are easy."

4. It's not that lonely at the top!

You'd think in the male-dominated sport of race car driving, Patrick would want to look over the rim of her helmet to send a nod to a fellow female so she wouldn't be the only gal grooving her way through the testosterone. But she tells us, it's not about the gender, it's about the race. "I like being a role model. I like being different. It's cool. It makes me feel special. It makes me feel confident in a lot of ways, but I wouldn't care either way. I would still have that determination to beat them whether they were a guy or a girl out there, but it's fun to be different."

5. Which famous race car driver inspired her? No one!

At 32, Danica could easily have built her career by witnessing some of the greats of race car driving when she was a kid. But she says she actually didn't have a raceway role model! "I learned a lot from my mom and my dad. I didn't really have an idol or a role model. I wanted to be the first me, not the next somebody else. I didn't think of myself wanting to be like anyone."

It's easy to see why Danica Patrick is a groundbreaker and now a role model to others. If you've been a fan of Patrick's and have lead-foot envy, you may want to check out her latest toy called the CanAm Spyder. A three-wheeled motorcycle-like vehicle Danica says makes you feel, "...naughty! You're out on the road and you're like 'Wait! There's nothing around me! Is this legal? Trust me, it's very fun." For more information check out canamspyder.com.

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Danica Patrick poses by her new race car during a news conference to announce a new sponsorship for her NASCAR auto racing team at Stewart-Haas Racing's headquarters in Kannapolis, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
KANNAPOLIS, NC - AUGUST 18: A general view of the room as Nature's Bakery, Danica Patrick, and Stewart-Haas Racing announce a multiyear deal partnership during a press conference on August 18, 2015 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The partnership will begin with the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for Stewart-Haas Racing)
Danica Patrick, center, puts her arm around team owner Tony Stewart, right, as they look at the team's new race sponsor's sign with Sam Marson, left, of Nature's Bakery, during a news conference to announce a new sponsorship for her NASCAR auto racing team at Stewart-Haas Racing's headquarters in Kannapolis, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. Nature's (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
SONOMA, CA - JUNE 21: (L-R) Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 EcoPower Oil Ford, speak on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 21, 2014 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, is introduced during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 28: NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pose for pictures during the game between the Mississippi Rebels and the Boise State Broncos at Georgia Dome on August 28, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, takes part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick arrive at the 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick (L) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. attend The 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For ESPYS)
SPARTA, KY - JUNE 28: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, left, talks with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 4: NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. share a moment on the second tee box during the Pro-Am round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 4, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
DOVER, DE - MAY 30: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Nationwide Ford, and Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, walk in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy/Get Found Chevrolet, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 29: (L-R) Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald's Chevrolet, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford, and Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com - Get Found Chevrolet, talk in the garage area during rain-delayed practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. talks to Danica Patrick, driver of the #30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet, during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., top, on pit road before the Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 23: (L-R) Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com / Get Found Chevrolet, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, talk on pit road prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 23, 2014 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 10: NASCAR Driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (L) and co-host Danica Patrick arrive at the American Country Awards 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 04: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick, chef Lidia Bastianich and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. talk at the NASCAR Evening Series Presented by Bank of America at Carnevino at The Palazzo Las Vegas on December 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 14: NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen and Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, pose for a photo in the driver's meeting prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 04: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pose for a picture at the NASCAR Evening Series Presented by Bank of America at Carnevino at The Palazzo Las Vegas on December 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, is introduced during pre-race ceremonies prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 25: Danica Patrick(L), driver of the #10 GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet, stands on the grid with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Driven for a Cause Ford, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2013 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 10: (L-R) Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 My Best Buy Ford, stand on the grid prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 10, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 10: (L-R) Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet, kisses Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 My Best Buy Ford, on the grid prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 10, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SONOMA, CA - JUNE 22: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, talks with Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2013 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick (L) and Ricky Stenhouse attend The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ESPY)
SONOMA, CA - JUNE 22: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (L), driver of the #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, talks with Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2013 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 05: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
SONOMA, CA - JUNE 22: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (L), driver of the #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, talks with Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2013 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Cargill Ford, talks to Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
NEWTON, IA - MAY 19: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, speaks with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Cargill Ford, during an autograph session ahead of the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway on May 19, 2012 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 05: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 5, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 26: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Sam's Club/Cargill Ford, prepare for practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Inaugural Indy 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 07: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 22: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com / Get Found Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2014 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 29: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com - Get Found Chevrolet, right, talks with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford, in the garage area during a rian delay in practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 09: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet, walks on stage during driver introductions before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 07: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 07: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet, sits in her car during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Danica Patrick, driver of the #30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet, takes part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Danica Patrick, driver of the #30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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