Friday, 24 November, 2017

Danica Patrick out at Stewart-Haas Racing

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"It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons", Patrick wrote.

Stenhouse, who will make his debut in the playoffs this weekend at Chicagoland, said he's certain she's going to be fine. She has never backed down from a challenge.

"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", SHR said in a news release.

The 35-year-old driver took to Facebook Tuesday afternoon to announce the news of her departure from the only full-time team she has driven for in NASCAR's premier division.

Now that she won't have her ride with Stewart-Haas Racing next season, there is no reason to think she'll be back with a smaller team next season seeing as how she has failed to do well driving for a great team.

Patrick's comments on her Facebook page came shortly after grocer Smithfield Foods said it would become a primary sponsor at Stewart-Haas in 2018.

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Close friend Kyle Larson said Patrick has nothing left to prove in racing. She has repeatedly said that she is financially secure enough that she does not have to race, and it wouldn't be worth doing if it made her miserable. It is unclear whether Smithfield could sponsor Almirola - sponsorship contracts in NASCAR sometimes contain clauses that prohibit a sponsor to move with a driver - but SHR also has open inventory on the Clint Bowyer vehicle in addition to the cars now driven by Patrick and Busch. She has seven top-ten finishes, but she hasn't won a race.

SHR found it hard to get sponsors after GoDaddy ended its team sponsorship in 2015. The "handshake deal" that Richard Petty had with Smithfield is no more. The two are teammates at SHR and Harvick has tried to help Patrick over the years. "On the other side of that, you have the performance side of things that at some point measures into everybody's sponsorship".

That means Smithfield could end up on the vehicle Patrick has driven.

While SHR got Aspen Dental to increase its number of races with Patrick, the team found itself this summer trying to sell races for Patrick for just 2018 because it appeared there was little chance of Patrick and SHR wanting to continue racing together beyond next season.

Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne, meanwhile, both said they are not candidates to replace Patrick.

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