Many people are speculating that this could mean the end of Patrick's racing career.
But the 35-year-old driver shot down rumors that she was retiring Wednesday. "That's just not the case. It really just means that I'm not going to be driving for that team anymore. I've said for the last year or two that, you know, I'll do it as long as it's fun," Patrick said. "What's fun is doing well. So, if I feel like I have an opportunity to be in a car that's going to give me the ability to have fun, which is run well, then that's what I'm doing to do."
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ORIGINAL 9-12-2017 As many of you are aware, Stewart-Haas Racing announced this morning they will have a new sponsor/driver for the 2018 season. Below is a statement from Danica regarding the announcement.
"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."
--- Danica Patrick Facebook page ---