Danica Patrick won't return to Stewart-Haas in 2018

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CHARLOTTE - Danica Patrick won't be driving for Stewart-Haas in 2018 after she announced the two had parted ways.

"It has been my honor to drive for Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing for the past six seasons," Patrick said Tuesday in a statement posted through Facebook. "Together we earned a Daytona 500 pole, seven top-10 finishes and we also had some exciting racing along the way. My time driving for them, however, has come to an end due to a new sponsorship arrangement in 2018.

"Sponsorship plays a vital role in our sport, and I have been very fortunate over the course of my career, but this year threw us for a curve. Our amazing partners, such as Aspen Dental and Code 3, stepped up in a big way on short notice this year and I am incredibly grateful.

"I wish SHR the best of luck with their new sponsorship and driver. Thanks for the memories. Right now, my focus is on the remainder of the 2017 season and finishing the year strong. I have the utmost faith in myself and those around me, and feel confident about my future."

Patrick did not say whether she will continue to race in NASCAR or drive in another series. Her best points finish since she joined NASCAR was 24th in 2015 and 2016

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