Is Danica Patrick finished in NASCAR after Stewart-Haas Racing exit?

Is Danica Patrick finished in NASCAR after Stewart-Haas Racing exit?

I wish SHR the best of luck with their new sponsorship and driver. "Thanks for the memories", Patrick continued.

"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", Patrick said via her statement.

Patrick joins a long list of NASCAR drivers without a home for next season, including notable former champions and current playoff contenders Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch.

Patrick, who has been with the team for the past six seasons, announced via Facebook that she would not continue driving for the team in 2018.

Her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 made her the lone woman to win an IndyCar race, and her third place finish in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 is the highest finish in America's premier race by a woman. Smithfield's numerous discussions with RPM over the past several months focused exclusively around one issue: RPM's inability to deliver on the track and the organization's repeated failure to present a plan to address its lack of competitiveness. She would not, however, consider a part-time ride.

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"It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons", Patrick said in an announcement. For that reason - and that reason alone - Smithfield decided not to renew its contract with RPM when it expires at the end of this year.

Prior to her move into the Monster Energy Series as a full-time competitor, Patrick competed with JR Motorsports for a full season in the XFINITY Series in 2012 as well as a limited schedule in 2010-11. She is now 28 in points with 10 races remaining.

Patrick, 35, joined NASCAR's Cup series in 2013 and has seven top-10 finishes in 180 career races.

Even if you're not a Danica Patrick fan, you have to feel sympathetic for the plight she now finds herself in. Her previous sponsor's Nature's Bakery ended their previous three-year partnership with Patrick after one year following a court dispute where they claimed she had been promoting rival products via social media. "I believe in certain things like the law of detachment - detaching from the outcomes that I think are supposed to happen and just like letting things go and letting things flow". "I have no interest, as I've said for years now, to run 20-25th". The law of least resistance - just let it go, stop trying to force and have in your heart what you want and just work really hard at what you're doing. "Give it your best all the time, every day, don't be too anxious about how it's all going to go and, if it's going to happen, when it's going to happen and just let it go".

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