Danica Patrick announced on her Facebook page Tuesday that she will not be returning to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. "Will likely take decades to see anyone even challenge her legacy", Brad Keselowski posted on Twitter.
Patrick also has increased her activities off the track, including developing a clothing line, Warrior. Her best finish in a NASCAR race was when she placed sixth in Atlanta in 2014. But this season, Patrick has not been seeing much success on the racetrack. Her previous sponsor's Nature's Bakery ended their previous three-year partnership with Patrick after one year following a court dispute where they claimed she had been promoting rival products via social media.
"I'm sure they're saying everything from really great to really terrible, and that's just part of my daily life", she said.More news: DT Aaron Donald Ends Holdout, Reports To Rams
Patrick, 35, now sits 28th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings, the lowest in her cup career. But did she really go out on her own terms? She is now 28th in the standings, the lowest in her Cup career. When she qualified on the second row for the 2008 Indy 500, four years into her IndyCar career, the 4.6 was better than it's been in the nine years since - including for the 100th running (3.9) and for Fernando Alonso-mania (3.4). Patrick remains the only woman to win a Cup pole - at the 2013 Daytona 500. And considering that she barely scrapped enough funding together to keep the No. 10 afloat this season, it means her options are limited if she wants to remain in a competitive seat.
In a statement, Tony Stewart said he still believes in Patrick's ability.
Patrick is the only woman racing at NASCAR's top level, and she's also the most accomplished. She made her enemies, and has given a scornful look to fans who caught her on a bad day at the track. Her sponsor, Aspen Dental, hosted an event Wednesday in Streeterville that offered free go-kart rides and the opportunity to receive driving tips from Patrick.More news: President Trump's DACA decision puts immigration fix in hands of Congress
Still, a reunion seems unlikely, mostly because it's hard to imagine how a return would benefit Patrick.
"I don't deny that I've always been in a good situation".
"Making the jump from IndyCar to NASCAR is not easy, yet she had the courage to do so and put up better numbers than a lot of other drivers who have tried to make that same transition", Stewart wrote.More news: Red Sox: Fans broke rule of no signs hung at Fenway Park