Danica Patrick loses deal with Stewart Haas

Beth Cruz
September 15, 2017

Patrick announced Tuesday that she wouldn't return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018.

The announcement by Patrick, one of NASCAR'S most high-profile drivers, came shortly after Smithfield Foods said it would leave Richard Petty Motorsports to become a primary sponsor at Stewart-Haas next year.

Danica Patrick, the only female driver at NASCAR's top level, is likely at the end of her driving career after a sponsorship shake-up left her without a ride at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Dillon finished 21st Saturday night, two spots ahead of Patrick in the regular-season finale for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

"I didn't say that either", Kenseth said. And she won't miss the weekends when the vehicle rolls off the truck, is a beast to drive and doesn't get any better through Sunday.

Danica Patrick is not ready to give up racing, but she is ready to retire if she can not find a competitive ride with a team that believes in her. With Smithfield Food's moving to Stewart Haas Racing, Aric Almirola looks to be the best nominee. It's fun to get to see her away from the track. Her best finish in the final Cup standings was 24th twice (2015 and 2016).

She also competed in 10 Cup races for SHR that year before running a full Cup schedule in 2013. I just want to do what feels right and what will give me the best chance - if I'm racing, will give me the best chance to perform and get in the winner's circle, which is what I want to accomplish in NASCAR.

Here lone IndyCar victory was in 2008 at a race in Japan.

She's the only woman to win a top-flight NASCAR pole position, and while some in NASCAR have grumbled that the attention she garnered on the circuit outweighed her achievements at least one fellow-driver recognised her on Tuesday as a ground-breaker. Patrick just isn't there. "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 auto and keep going out and competing", Stenhouse said Wednesday.

Patrick said she is not considering a return to IndyCar.

In a statement, Tony Stewart said he still believes in Patrick's ability.

"I want to continue racing if I have an opportunity to do well", Patrick said August 16.

Patrick also has increased her activities off the track, including developing a clothing line, Warrior.

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