Danica Patrick announced on Facebook Tuesday that she would not be returning to Stewart-Haas Racing.
Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Tuesday that it was adding a new racer to its lineup and adding Smithfield as a sponsor, according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com.
As Pockrass noted, Patrick “has driven for Stewart-Haas Racing throughout her entire NASCAR career, and while her contract originally ran through 2018, the team did not have an anchor sponsor for her for next year when Nature’s Bakery ended its three-year deal after one season following the 2016 season.”
She now joins her teammate, Kurt Busch, and Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing as well-known drivers without rides locked down for the 2018 season, according to Michelle R. Martinelli of For The Win.
I want/need a 30 for 30 on the rise and fall of the great Danica Patrick who came in like a wrecking ball and left like a thief in the night. Did she ever even really happen? Was I imagining her this whole time? The greatest trick Danica Patrick ever pulled was convincing the world that she was a Nascar driver.
I won’t pretend to know much about the great sport of car racing but I can say with complete confidence that neither does Danica. When was the last time you saw her in the winner’s circle? Never? Yea, totally understand her essentially getting fired.
I’ll always love you, Danica.