On Tuesday, renowned female race car driver Danica Patrick announced via Facebook that she will no longer be competing with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) after her sixth season with the team.
“It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons,” wrote Patrick. “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.”
Patrick is known for being the first woman to lead the Indy 500 (she did so for 19 laps) and the second woman to win a pole position in the Indy Racing League. But this season, Patrick has not been seeing much success on the racetrack.
The 35-year-old finished 28th in points for the regular season, and if she holds that spot for the next 10 races, 2017 will be the worst season of her career. Her disappointing results don’t bode well for finding another sponsor, but Patrick seems to be hopeful about the future.
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“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.”