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NASCAR Cup: Danica Patrick out at Stewart-Haas Racing

Danica Patrick (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Danica Patrick (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Danica Patrick revealed Tuesday afternoon that she would not return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018 to continue as driver of the team’s No. 10 Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons,” Patrick said. “Together, we earned a Daytona 500 pole, seven top-10 finishes, and we also had some exciting racing along the way. My time driving for them, however, has come to an end, due to a new sponsorship arrangement in 2018. Sponsorship plays a vital role in our sport, and I have been very fortunate over the course of my career, but this year threw us for a curve.

“I wish SHR the best of luck with their new sponsorship and driver. Thanks for the memories. Right now, my focus is on the remainder of the 2017 season and finishing the year strong. I have the utmost faith in myself and those around me and feel confident about my future.”

Patrick’s announcement came hours after SHR announced that Smithfield would become one of its sponsors, beginning in The wording of that announcement implied that there would be a new face at Stewart-Haas next year.

“Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018, will be provided at a later date, the press release from SHR read.

Patrick has been with SHR her entire Cup Series career that began with a partial schedule in 2012. She went full-time Cup racing in 2013. Patrick has 180-career starts in NASCAR’s top-series, resulting in seven top-10 finishes. Her career-best finish was a sixth at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2014.

Sponsorship has been a struggle for Patrick, as of late, after coming to the series with big-time backing from GoDaddy. Stewart-Haas Racing signed Nature’s Bakery for a multi-year deal that began in 2016, but the relationship soured, with a lawsuit and countersuit being filed between sponsor and race team with Nature’s Bakery wanting out prior to the end of the contract terms.

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