Patrick not returning to Stewart-Haas Racing

Posted September 15, 2017

Said Patrick in a statement released on her Facebook page earlier today, "My time driving for them, however, has come to an end due to a new sponsorship arrangement in 2018".

"The decision to leave Richard Petty Motorsports and join Stewart-Haas Racing was hard, but we feel this move will improve our competitiveness on the track and strengthen our position as a leading consumer packaged goods company", Smithfield said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Patrick said she learned earlier this summer that Stewart-Haas Racing wouldn't field a vehicle for her next year if she didn't find sponsorship.

In fact, she has never even finished in the top 5 and she has just seven career top 10 finishes, with only one of those coming in the last 90 races. This is season is season number five for Danica Patrick in the Monster Energy Cup Series. "I've never related to an athlete when they say, 'I'm just happy to be here.' Ever". I was ready to get out of the Richmond race. With Smithfield Food's moving to Stewart Haas Racing, Aric Almirola looks to be the best nominee. All you need to know is that because of her ability to drive debate, her return to IndyCar would be invigorating to a series that records weekly Nielsen TV ratings around 1.0 - the Indianapolis 500 notwithstanding. It's fun to get to see her away from the track. Her eighth-place finish in the Daytona 500 in 2013 is the best of any woman. And considering that she barely scrapped enough funding together to keep the No. 10 afloat this season, it means her options are limited if she wants to remain in a competitive seat.

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Patrick spent part of her Wednesday doing the business work of NASCAR, driving go-karts in downtown Chicago for Aspen Dental to encourage people to overcome emotional barriers to going to the dentist. "She loves the competitiveness of it and has been doing it for a long time, so I think if it was up to her she would try getting in a competitive vehicle and keep going out and competing", Stenhouse said Wednesday. But it's ultimately up to a racing team that might want her and a sponsor that wants to support her. Tony Stewart also won a championship in 2011.

"Making the jump from IndyCar to NASCAR is not easy, yet she had the courage to do so and put up better numbers than a lot of other drivers who have tried to make that same transition", Stewart wrote.

"I've always driven for good teams, and I'm grateful for that, which is why if I don't feel like I'm given the opportunity to be with a team that can do that for me and give me opportunities on a more consistent basis, then I don't have interest".