Has Danica Patrick Raced Her Last Miles?!

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Has Danica Patrick Raced Her Last Miles?!

It was announced today that Danica Patrick would not be returning to her Nascar Cup team Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. This news isn’t shocking as we knew her contract was up this season but the fact that she doesn’t have a team yet in 2018 is. Patrick was one of the higher free agent signings for Nascar from Indycar racing league. She is well beyond the point of doing this as a living so it will be interesting to see what she chooses to do next. Will Patrick continue with her hobby and see if a change of scenery will help her get that elusive win or will she step aside and start doing some passion projects that have built up over the years. That’s the real story here.

Danica Patrick’s end with Stewart-Haas Racing comes at a time where SHR is working with a new car manufacture as they switched from Chevy to Ford in the offseason and still look to be finding their speed with them. This isn’t an excuse for Patrick but this season is also her lowest ranking in the standings since coming into the Cup series. Switching from manufacturers is tough in a racing sport as there is a lot to learn from new bodies and aerodynamics to new motors and where to find that extra power. If Patrick wants a change that will make her competitive, there are some worthy teams looking to fill seats.

There is also a change in atmosphere in the Nascar Monster Cup series where it’s becoming the young gun show and let’s be honest, Patrick is not the young racing babe she once was. Names like Larson, Blaney, Elliot and Dillon are filling headlines these days at race tracks and with the name Earnhart retiring at the end of the season, it will be interesting to see if the next big name makes their way out as well. Nascar isn’t a drawing sport anymore and Branding can be create elsewhere with less risk to life and name. It wouldn’t surprise the sporting world to see Patrick leave, create her fashion line and promote other products while still hanging around the racetrack with her boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Either way, its interesting times for the Danica Patrick brand and how it will grow in the coming months!

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