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Six Pack: Different careers, mutual respect for Patrick, Decker

May 30, 2012, Joe Menzer,

Six Pack: Patrick, Decker admire each other's career climb, strength

Danica Patrick and Brooklyn Decker, old Sports Illustrated swimsuit model pals, met in front of a Coke Zero car in Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Sunday to answer this week's six questions ... sort of.

1. Where did you guys meet again?

"I was like, 'Oh, yeah. I'm strong. I can do this.' But no, I was horrible. I blame it on these puny little arms of mine."


Patrick: We met at the [Sports Illustrated magazine] swimsuit issue launch party and got to talk more after that. I met [tennis star] Andy [Roddick, then Decker's boyfriend and now her husband]. He introduced us. I remember him telling me at the bar while we were standing there, he was like, 'I really like this girl. I think I'm going to marry her.' And I'm like, 'Wow! OK! That's great.' And he was like, 'And I've already bought a place in New York.'

2. What do you think of Danica being in NASCAR, Brooklyn?

Decker: She's really good at turning left. I can't keep up with her. She's so skilled and talented. If I can hold her gas can, I'm honored.

Seriously, it's good to see a woman do well. It's incredible. Anytime a woman can do well in any sport it's to be admired, truly. To see her transcend, go from IndyCars to this, it's pretty incredible. She's done it seamlessly. It's fun to watch her.

Patrick: Speaking of transcend, obviously I knew Brooklyn when she was a smoking hot model. She still is a smoking hot model underneath those clothes. But now she's a superstar. I watched her from a distance before I knew we were doing this. I was like, 'How in the world does she go from the cover of Sports Illustrated to [acting in] three huge movies?' It's pretty amazing. I don't feel like there are many more people who have been able to do that.

Decker: You either. Actually, no one has been able to do what you do.

Patrick: There are quite a few of us. But I'm flattered, thank you.

3. How was it to work with Danica on the SI swimsuit edition?

Decker: She's a smoking hot model, too. She can do that as well. She can do my job, she can do her job.

Patrick: The only thing is I have to diet for four to six weeks straight, hardcore, to get in shape for it. She's just like, 'The shoot's tomorrow? I'll be there.'

Decker: That's hardly the case. Not only is she obviously beautiful, she's a strong girl. She's cool. She's good at what she does. She's a really good example for women out there.

4. They showed you how to jack a race car earlier, Brooklyn, but it seemed like you had a little trouble?

Decker: Did you see how bad that was? I was like, 'Oh, yeah. I'm strong. I can do this.' But no, I was horrible. I blame it on these puny little arms of mine.

5. Don't you play a NASCAR driver's wife in your next movie, What To Expect When You're Expecting?

Decker: Yes, I play the wife of [actor] Dennis Quaid's character, who is a retired NASCAR driver. Being from Matthews [N.C., a suburb of Charlotte], I felt like I had a good feel for it and it was a very easy role for me to slip into.

6. What do you think of Brooklyn's bright yellow shoes, Danica?

Patrick: They're really cute. I wish I would have had something so stylish. Instead I just have tennis shoes on. Gosh, I just can't compete. But if I wore them in the car, they look like they would melt.

Video: Brooklyn Decker and Danica Patrick at the Coke Zero 400 | Coca-Cola Racing Family