Danica Patrick loses deal with Stewart Haas

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The loss of Smithfield means RPM will also part ways with Almirola, who earned 28 top-10 finishes with the team, including a victory in the 2014 summer race at Daytona International Speedway. "Our unbelievable 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'm just kind of letting it organically flow".

"We have enjoyed our relationship with Richard Petty over the past five years, but are excited to join SHR and explore new ways to leverage our NASCAR sponsorship", said Kenneth Sullivan, president and CEO.

"Will likely take decades to see anyone even challenge her legacy", Brad Keselowski posted on Twitter. "It's not fun. So if I don't feel like I can have the opportunity to move on from there and have a better opportunity, then honestly I don't care". 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. Smithfield is moving to sponsor a team at Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick has spent her entire NASCAR Cup Series career with SHR after racing for seven years in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Patrick first came to the NASCAR Cup Series in the 2012 season and drove 10 races for Tommy Baldwin Racing in addition to driving full-time in the Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series for JR Motorsports. Smithfield is a performance driven company and we demand performance from the people we do business with.

"She could leave right now and she's made a great impact", Larson said.

Close friend Kyle Larson said Patrick has nothing left to prove in racing.

Which SHR driver Smithfield will sponsor in 2018 was not announced, though the company indicated in a statement that the team may be changing its driver roster. She won the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500, won an IndyCar race in 2008, is the highest finishing female driver in Indianapolis 500 history with a third-place run in 2009 and is the only woman to lead laps in both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500.

With Danica Patrick vacating her seat at SHR, one may assume that Almirola is inheriting the 10 auto with Smithfield as a sponsor. She also has appeared in photo shoots in several magazines, including twice in Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. Harvick is the only fully sponsored driver, with significant gaps on Bowyer's and Patrick's cars.

The reason for Patrick leaving Stewart-Haas is due to a new sponsorship arrangement for the team.

Other drivers including fellow SHR driver Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth are all looking for new rides as well for next season, so her options could be limited.

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