Danica Patrick will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018
Kurt Busch isn't the only Stewart-Haas Racing driver without a deal for next season.
Danica Patrick announced Tuesday afternoon that she will not return to the team in 2018.
“It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons," Patrick said in a statement. "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."
Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has had issues with sponsorships for Patrick but Smithfield, a meat-processing company, announced Monday it would be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports to join SHR. Patrick doesn't appear to be a part of Smithfield's plan with SHR.
Aric Almirola, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne are all free agents next season and could be a possible replacement for Patrick, who owns just one top-10 finish this season with a 23.5 average finish.