By: MRN Staff on September 12, 2017 | 4:00 P.M. EST
Danica Patrick has scored seven career top-10 finishes in five seasons driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. (Photo: Getty Images)
Danica Patrick announced via her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon she will not be returning to the seat of the No. 10 Ford in 2018 for Stewart-Haas Racing.
The announcement comes hours after SHR announced Smithfield Foods would be joining the team in 2018 with the team’s driver lineup to be announced at a later date.
Below is the full context of Patrick’s statement:
“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.”