There will be a new driver behind the wheel of the No. 10 for 2018. Danica Patrick announced this afternoon that she will not return to the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 team next season.
Danica Patrick Statement
Below is the full post from Danica Patrick’s Facebook page:
“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.”
Changes at Richard Petty Motorsports As Well
While Stewart-Haas did announce this morning that they will be picking up Smithfield Foods as sponsor for 2018 from Richard Petty Motorsports, but a driver was not named.
RPM has also confirmed that Aric Almirola will not return to the No. 43 next season.
Richard Petty Motorsports also has confirmed that Aric Almirola will not return to the team next season. https://t.co/MMpipmFSLa
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 12, 2017
Source: NASCAR.com – Danica Patrick won’t return to Stewart-Haas in 2018