Danica Patrick extends contract with Stewart-Haas Racing, adds new sponsor

Danica Patrick met with the media at SHR Tuesday morning. (Greg Engle/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick met with the media at SHR Tuesday morning. (Greg Engle/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick will not be moving anywhere anytime soon. The NASCAR Sprint Cup series’ only fulltime female driver announced Tuesday that she has signed a contract with Stewart-Haas Racing. Team co-owner Tony Stewart said the specific length of contracts is never revealed, but that Patrick’s is a “multi-year” contract. That extends to the deal with her new sponsor for 2016, Nature’s Bakery a nutritional snack company.

The company replaces longtime Patrick sponsor GoDaddy which has been with Patrick since her days in the IndyCar series in 2007 and became her primary sponsor when she transitioned to NASCAR in 2010. GoDaddy announced in April that it is refocusing its marketing efforts and will step away from primary sponsorship but that Patrick will remain a spokesperson. The move in the final year of her contract at SHR fueled speculation that Patrick might be moving to a different team next season. With Monday’s announcement however, Patrick will remain with the SHR for at least the near future.

“This is really the first year that I’ve had to wonder or worry what I’m going to do in the next year,” Patrick said during the sponsor reveal press conference at SHR headquarters in Huntersville North Carolina Tuesday. “I’ve been extremely fortunate in my career to not have to think about that. One deal rolled into the next. There was not a lot of concern. So I’ve had a lot of comfort over a decade.” MORE>>>

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