Prior to joining NASCAR six years ago Danica Patrick ran in the Indy Racing League. Patrick revealed that she will not be returning to her ride with Stewart-Haas Racing’s number 10 car next season.
Patrick is the only female driver to ever win the pole position at the Daytona 500.
In a statement issued via Facebook, Patrick said, “it has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons. 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.”
Patrick added, “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.”
It is not known whether Patrick will continue her racing career. Sh noted that continually finishing 20th and 25th is no fun. So far this season, Patrick has an average finish of 23rd with seven did not finishes.
Patrick’s move was precipitated by a sponsorship move. Smithfield Foods has been the sponsor for the number 43 Richard Petty Motorsports car driven by Aric Almirola, but beginning with the 2018 racing season, Smithfield will be moving to Stewart-Haas Racing.
Along with losing one of their sponsors, Richard Petty Motorsports has announced that their driver Aric Almirola will not be returning to driver the number 43 car next season.
There is no word yet as to whom will be driving the Stewart-Haas number 10 and the Richard Petty Motorsport number 43.
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