Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Smithfield moves sponsorship to Stewart-Haas

Smithfield moves sponsorship to Stewart-Haas

Yet Patrick, who has no career top 5 finishes, somehow has maintained her ride up until now despite her continuous lackluster performances. Patrick posted a statement on her Facebook page Tuesday saying her time with Stewart-Haas "had come to an end" due to a new sponsorship arrangement for the team next season.

If Patrick were to return to the Cup Series next season, it would not be with a team almost as good as Stewart-Haas Racing, so she would likely perform even worse than she already has. With Smithfield Food's moving to Stewart Haas Racing, Aric Almirola looks to be the best nominee. In fact, just once in her previous four seasons driving for Stewart-Haas Racing has she finished higher than another driver who was driving for a top-tier team, and that was in 2015 when she finished higher than Tony Stewart in the final championship standings. 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. I come from a time when we did major deals with sponsors like STP on a handshake.

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. "Thanks for the memories", Patrick continued. "I have the utmost faith in myself and those around me, and feel confident about my future".

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"Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018, will be provided at a later date", SHR said in a statement. Smithfield's numerous discussions with RPM over the past several months focused exclusively around one issue: RPM's inability to deliver on the track and the organization's repeated failure to present a plan to address its lack of competitiveness. She has repeatedly said that she is financially secure enough that she does not have to race, and it wouldn't be worth doing if it made her miserable. "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. She was the IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver from 2005 to 2010 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (now Xfinity) Most Popular driver in 2012.

She spent seven years in IndyCar before jumping to NASCAR.

Almirola is also in a contract year. In both series she owns seven top 10 finishes in addition to a 2013 Daytona 500 pole.

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