Danica Patrick gushes over ‘hot’ boyfriend Aaron Rodgers

They’re putting the pedal to the metal on their relationship! Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers have been going strong since January — even though he’s a Green Bay Packers quarterback and she’s a born-and-bred Chicago Bears fan.

In fact, the former racing driver is so devoted to her 34-year-old beau, she told Jimmy Kimmel that she will “absolutely not” make fun of Rodgers when she hosts the 2018 ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 18.

But during their sit-down on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, July 16, Kimmel countered that Patrick has to riff on him when she emcees the award show. ”You gotta call out the elephant in the room?” she asked, echoing his advice. “Or the hot guy in the room, I should say.”

The late-night host also asked Patrick who drives when they go out.

“Aaron’s a really good driver actually,” the IndyCar champion, 36, replied. “He’s probably had less tickets … I got pulled over three times in three days. That was impressive.”

Patrick and Rodgers were first spotted together on a dinner date in January, and Patrick confirmed the relationship later that month. In April, she listed everything she likes about him during an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show in April, . “He’s funny. He’s very kind. He’s thoughtful. He’s super smart. And he’s really good at football,” she said at the time. “And he’s tall and he’s big, and I like that.”

Patrick was previously in a five-year relationship with NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse Jr., a romance that ended in December 2017. Meanwhile, Rodgers split with actress Olivia Munn in April 2017 after three years together.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 18: NFL player Aaron Rodgers (L) and host Danica Patrick attend The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 18: NFL player Aaron Rodgers (L) and host Danica Patrick attend The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
THE 2018 ESPYS - This Wednesday, the worlds best athletes and biggest stars will join host Danica Patrick for 'The 2018 ESPYS Presented by Capital One' on ABC. The star-studded evening celebrates the best moments from the year in sports and will air live on ABC, July 18 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT, from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Image Group LA via Getty Images) AARON RODGERS, DANICA PATRICK
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, stands with Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, stands with Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Apr 20, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers look on nduring the first quarter of game three of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 20: Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers watch the game from court-side seats. The Boston Celtics visit the Milwaukee Bucks for Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI on April 20, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Danica Patrick, driver of the #13 GoDaddy Chevrolet kisses Aaron Rodgers prior to the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Feb 18, 2018; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (7) shares a kiss with her boyfriend Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers prior to the start of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Danica Patrick is kissed by her boyfriend Aaron Rodgers before the start of the Indianapolis 500 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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