Dalai Lama on stage in 2018 ; Danica Patrick walks to her car on the grid during qualifying for the 2017 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway
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Danica Patrick Introduced the Dalai Lama to NASCAR, and He Was Absolutely Terrified


Danica Patrick may have retired from NASCAR, but that doesn't mean she's completely out of the spotlight. With a number of different endorsement deals, several businesses, and a popular podcast, Danica still has plenty of reasons to make the occasional appearance on the late-night television circuit. It also doesn't hurt that she has a story or two up her sleeve that can make for pretty entertaining TV.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2018, Patrick recalled the time when she and her ex-boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, met with the Dalai Lama, with Danica later showing the Tibetan spiritual leader one of her crash videos from back in the day. Let's just say that high-intensity motorsports action isn't exactly the lama's cup of tea.

"We had a monk with us the whole time -- a Buddhist monk -- for a whole week," Danica told Kimmel. "He traveled from L.A. all the way back to L.A. We literally went around the world, and I was showing him some videos. And I was like, 'Oh, this is an interesting one.' It was a picture of crashes -- everybody loves crashes -- so I showed it to the lama. And he was like, 'Oh, you should show His Holiness this. He would love it.'


"So I was like, all right, this is gonna be awkward in meeting His Holiness, like, 'Oh, check me out crashing.' So I showed it to him and he kind of handed it back to me. But then later that night, (the) lama told me that they watched more of the video, and he thought that it was really, really, really scary and crazy what I did."

Can you imagine the Dalai Lama at a NASCAR race? He'd be freaking out from the "start your engines" command to the waving of the checkered flag. Although, it makes sense. I can't imagine that a guy who spends most of his life in silence would be really into an undertaking as loud and fast as NASCAR. I'd guess he's probably more of a chess guy.

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