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Danica Patrick Inks a Multi-Year Contract Extension with Stewart-Haas Racing

Danica Patrick Inks a Multi-Year Contract Extension with Stewart-Haas Racing

by August 18, 2015 0 comments

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Danica Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing put all of the speculation to rest Tuesday morning, formally announcing that they have mutually reached a multi-year contract extension.

Also announced at the Stewart-Haas shop was the replacement for Patrick’s current primary sponsor, GoDaddy. Taking over as the primary sponsor for 28 races in 2016 will be Reno, Nev. based Nature’s Bakery, a snack food manufacturer whose mission is to ‘deliver delicious convenient and quality foods that taste great that everyone can enjoy and benefit from.’

Announcements regarding her primary sponsor for the remainder of the 2016 schedule will be made at a later date.

When talking about her return to SHR, Patrick stated that she couldn’t imagine for driving for any other team, going on to further state that she didn’t enter negotiations with other teams.

“This is very exciting for me,” Patrick said. “Getting to know Dave and Sam [Marson, of Nature’s Bakery] has really shown me what great people they are and, of course, what great products they make, what great values they have…

“Of course, on top of that, being able to re‑sign with Tony and here at Stewart‑Haas is very important to me.  I really, really do feel like family here.  I feel like there’s nowhere else I want to be.  I’m just fortunate enough that I didn’t have to look anywhere else, that I get to stay, and that I have a great new sponsor.”

Team co-owner and Patrick’s teammate, Tony Stewart, welcomed back the fourth-year Sprint Cup driver, stating how proud he was of her progress as a NASCAR driver and praising the value she helps bring to his team.

“I think we’ve all been excited from day one,” Stewart said. “We all know what the value of Danica’s brand is. As well, watching her from her IndyCar days, I realized how big a talent she is more than a marketing tool.

“To have her as one of the drivers at Stewart‑Haas Racing, we’re proud of her.  We’re proud of her progress.  We’re proud of what she does behind the racecar…

“I think she’s a great asset to this organization.  I look at it more from the racing side than the marketing side personally.”

Patrick is currently in the midst of her best season yet in Sprint Cup, currently sitting 21st in the drivers standings with two top-10 finishes to her credit.

The driver of Stewart-Haas’s No. 10 Chevrolet is also setting personal bests in terms of her average starts and average finishes – turning in respective figures of 22.0 and 22.0, beating previous bests of 22.3 and 23.7.

“I am just lucky to be at a team with drivers like Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch,” Patrick stated. “Of course, the talent beyond that with the crew chiefs, the crews, the pit crews. It’s a great, fortunate place for me to be in. I have the ability to learn as much as I seek out. I also think that is rare within a team, that I have such great resources that are open books that will help me so much.

“I believe that is what helps fast forward my learning curve at times.  It really feels when I put emphasis on something to make it better, I can.  I can because I can ask questions and get real answers.  That is of infinite value to me.  This is a very, very good place for me to be as a driver.”

Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for Stewart-Haas Racing

Kyle Pokrefky
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