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Without a Sponsor for 2018, Danica Patrick Could Leave SHR

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In an interview with USA Today’s Brant James, Danica Patrick said she may be out at Stewart-Haas Racing after this season because of sponsorship issues.

Patrick told James that media reports of an SHR buyout of her contract for next season missed the mark.

“There’s no buyout needed,” Patrick said of her contract. “I don’t have a sponsor. It’s contingent on the sponsor.”

As for her concern, Patrick said she was relaxed.

“I would say mentally, emotionally, my approach has been peaceful and what will be will, and I don’t know,” Patrick told James. “I’m a little bit more present and a little less worried about the future or worried about what happened in the past. I’m just kind of letting it organically flow.”

You can read the full USA Today interview here. 

Like several  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, teams, Stewart-Haas Racing is searching for sponsorship for next season.

Earlier this week, SHR declined to pick up the option on Kurt Busch’s contract for 2018, making Busch a free agent for next season.

The team Tweeted that it “expects” Busch to be back in the No.  41 Ford next year.

In an e-mail to POPULAR SPEED, an SHR spokesperson said, “The tweet we sent yesterday sums up Stewart-Haas Racing’s position. And beyond that, there will not be any further comment on the status of any of the team’s contracts, be it driver or partner related.”

Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen is a veteran motorsports journalist. He spent 13 years with FOXSports.com, where he was Digital Content Manager. Previously, he was executive editor of NASCAR Scene and managing editor of National Speed Sport News. Jensen served as the president of the National Motorsports Press Association and is the group’s former Writer of the Year.