DIS MENCS Test Patrick 041217. 4/12/2017|Daytona International Speedway
Danica Patrick Statement:
As many of you are aware, Stewart-Haas Racing announced this morning they will have a new sponsor/driver for the 2018 season. Below is a statement from Danica regarding the announcement. “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. 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. Our amazing partners, such as Aspen Dental and Code 3, stepped up in a big way on short notice this year and I am incredibly grateful. 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.”
Statement from Tony Stewart regarding Danica Patrick’s tenure at Stewart-Haas Racing.
“I’ve always been a believer in Danica’s ability as a racecar driver and that continues to be the case. She’s one of the most fearless people I’ve ever met. She has never backed down from a challenge. In fact, she’s sought out new challenges throughout her career, and that’s what brought her to NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing. “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. I’m proud of how hard Danica has worked during her time at Stewart-Haas Racing, and she continues to work hard. “My support for Danica is unwavering. We’re going to end this season strong and make the most of these last 10 races.”
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 10: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Ford, sits in her car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick Statement:
Chicagoland Speedway Race Preview for the Aspen Dental 10 Team – http://bit.ly/2wqvB20
“It will be nice to have family and friends out. It’s a little different because I rarely have people at the races with me. It’s nice to see everyone and have their support and hopefully we put on a good show for them.”
Sponsorship is a major key to motorsports today, Danica Patrick will still race in NASCAR if she can find a competitive team to race for. Do not expect her to retire just yet, I would think timing would be the final at the start of the 2018 season.
Age: 35 years old.
180 NASCAR Cup Car starts
2013 Daytona 500 Pole Winner
7 Top 10s
Current: Aspen Dental and Code 3
FONTANA, CA – MARCH 24: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Ford, signs autographs during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 24, 2017 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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