Danica Patrick won't remain with Stewart Haas Racing in 2018

Danica Patrick won't remain with Stewart Haas Racing in 2018

Danica Patrick won't remain with Stewart Haas Racing in 2018

The new driver of the SHR Monster Energy Cup vehicle will be named later. "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", said Patrick.

Earlier this season she told NASCAR.com: "I said this a year ago, it's not any fun to run 20th or 25th".

There had been plenty of speculation that Patrick, who lost her primary sponsor at the start of 2017, would not be able to fulfill sponsorships heading into the 2018 season. Patrick's best season arguably came in 2014, when she recorded three top-10 finishes, including a career-high sixth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Hours after the announcement, RPM announced Aric Almirola also will not return to the organization. Her top finish through this year's 26-race regular season has been 10 at Dover in the spring.

Now that she won't have her ride with Stewart-Haas Racing next season, there is no reason to think she'll be back with a smaller team next season seeing as how she has failed to do well driving for a great team. Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five years when the class is chosen next February, are cornerback Ronde Barber, wideouts Donald Driver and Steve Smith (former Giant, Eagle and Ram), offensive linemen Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk, and Jeff Saturday, and defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

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Patrick had a disappointing 2017 season and is 28th in the points standings.

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"The decision to leave Richard Petty Motorsports and join Stewart-Haas Racing was hard, but we feel this move will improve our competitiveness on the track and strengthen our position as a leading consumer packaged goods company", Smithfield said in a statement. She also finished third in the 2009 Indianapolis 500. She is now 28 in points with 10 races remaining.

Patrick told Yahoo Sports a day before her announcement that she was unsure of what her future held. "I have no interest, as I've said for years now, to run 20-25th".

Danica made her NASCAR debut in the XFINITY Series in 2010, driving a part-time schedule for JR Motorsports whilst continuing with her IndyCar series duties. "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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