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#10 NASCAR Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Stewart-Haas Racing
Danica Patrick (2018?)
True Speed Communication (PR)

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS

TaxACT (2017?)(4 races)
Aspen Dental (2017?)(4 races)
Code 3 Associates (2017?)(3 races)
Mobil 1(1 races)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Stewart Haas Racing - Twitter
Stewart Haas Racing - Facebook
Stewart Haas Racing - Instagram
Stewart Haas Racing - Pinterest
Stewart Haas Racing - YouTube
Stewart Haas Racing - Google+
Danica Patrick - Twitter
Danica Patrick - Facebook
Danica Patrick - Instagram
Danica Patrick - Pinterest
Danica Patrick - YouTube


Aspen Dental - Twitter
Aspen Dental - Facebook
Coca-Cola Racing Family - Twitter

STATISTICS
ESPN - Danica Patrick
Racing Reference - Danica Patrick

MORE INFO on the JAYSKI site about teams/drivers
2017 #10 Paint Schemes
2016 #10 Paint Schemes
2015 #10 Paint Schemes
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact




TaxACT (4) scheduled to be primary sponsor in 2017:
Daytona, Clash - 2/18
Phoenix - 3/19
Martinsville - 4/2
Texas - 4/9
Homestead - 11/19

Aspen Dental (4) scheduled to be primary sponsor in 2017:
Atlanta - 3/5
Talladega - 5/7
Chicago - 9/17
Martinsville - 10/29

Code 3 Associates (3) scheduled to be primary sponsor in 2017:
Richmond - 4/30
Charlotte - 5/28
Kansas - 10/22

Mobil 1 (1) scheduled to be primary sponsor in 2017:
Bristol - 4/23

Unknown - no sponsor scheduled to be primary sponsor in 2017 for following races:
Daytona 2/26
Las Vegas - 3/12
Auto Club - 3/26
Kansas - 5/13
Dover - 6/4
Charlotte, Showdown - 5/20
Pocono - 6/11
Michigan - 6/18
Sonoma - 6/25
Daytona - 7/1
Kentucky - 7/8
New Hampshire - 7/16
Indianapolis - 7/23
Pocono - 7/30
Watkins Glen - 8/6
Bristol - 8/19
Darlington - 9/3
Richmond - 9/9
New Hampshire - 9/24
Dover - 10/1
Michigan - 8/13
Charlotte - 10/7
Talladega - 10/15
Texas - 11/5
Phoenix - 11/12

Contract Status: Driver: 2018?; Primary Sponsors: Nature's Bakery is gone/lawsuit; Aspen Dental, 2017?; TaxAct, 2017?; Mobil1, 2017?; Code 3 Assoc., 2017?

#10 Team News and Rumors

Aspen Dental becomes 'Official Dentist of NASCAR.': NASCAR and Aspen Dental, one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of independent dental care providers in the United States, announced a multi-year official partnership, designating the brand as the 'Official Dentist of NASCAR.' The announcement coincides with the launch of Aspen Dental's 'Get Started' awareness building health initiative with NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing driver Danica Patrick.[More](3-24-2017)

Danica Patrick among highest paid women in sports: As far as the highest paid women in sport is concerned, it's nearly game, set, and match to tennis stars. But the ranking, which is based on Forbes data..., does pack a surprise or two. From the consistently brilliant Serena Williams, to the powerful UFC star Ronda Rousey.[More](3-10-2017)

Stewart-Haas Racing still needs sponsorship: Stewart-Haas Racing still needs sponsorship for the majority of races for Clint Bowyer and a significant number for Danica Patrick.[More](2-26-2017)

Nature's Bakery Intends To Countersue Stewart-Haas Racing UPDATE:: Nature's Bakery announced intentions to countersue NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing in a sponsorship issue that appears to be getting ever more contentious. SHR sued Nature's Bakery earlier this month for breach of contract after the Nevada-based fig bar maker sent a note to SHR in mid-January saying it was going to terminate its three-year sponsorship deal worth $15.2M annually. In a sharply worded press release today, Nature's Bakery called SHR's suit a "false legal complaint." A quote from company CEO Kelly Allin adds, "Contrary to its image, SHR is run by big-business types that took advantage of Nature's Bakery. They now are threatening scorched earth litigation against a multi-generational family company. We're obviously not going to let them bully us. We may be a small brand, but we do not think what they are doing is right. We look forward to defending ourselves in court." The loss of Nature's Bakery has left SHR with around 20 races to fill heading into the season, but that effort was helped with this week's announcement that Aspen Dental was stepping up its commitment with Danica Patrick's #10 Ford from four races to at least 10.(Sports Business Daily)(2-16-2017)

UPDATE: Nature's Bakery's counter claim to the breach of contract suit brought against it by Stewart-Haas Racing asserts that the NASCAR team "could not control" driver Danica Patrick as she promoted competing products on social media.[More](2-25-2017)

Danica Patrick talks about concussions: #10-Danica Patrick says she has had a number of concussions in her career and Earnhardt, Jr. set a good example by getting out of the car to heal.[More](2-23-2017)

TaxAct to sponsor Patrick in Clash: As the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season gets underway with the 59th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Danica Patrick and the #10 Aspen Dental Ford Fusion team fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) return to Daytona with a smile, refreshed and ready to kick off a new year. Before festivities get underway for the Daytona 500, the #10 team will first focus on Saturday's Advance Auto Parts Clash. With the 2017 tax filing season underway, TaxAct, long known for being the best deal during tax season, will serve as primary sponsor of Patrick's #10 Ford Fusion in Saturday night's non-points race. The event marks the first of four events in which TaxAct, the official tax preparation software partner of SHR and Patrick, will serve as the primary sponsor of the #10 Ford Fusion this year. As Patrick returns to Daytona for her sixth start in the Daytona 500, her #10 Ford Fusion will feature the blue-and-white branding of Aspen Dental. It was announced earlier this week that the company, one of the largest and fastest-growing brands in the United States, has expanded its partnership with SHR to become the lead sponsor of Patrick and the #10 team during the 2017 season.(SHR), see images of BOTH scheme on the #10 Team Schemes page (2-17-2017)

Aspen Dental Expands Partnership with SHR and Danica: Aspen Dental, one of the largest and fastest-growing brands in the United States, has expanded its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to become the lead sponsor of Danica Patrick and the #10 team during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The #10 Aspen Dental Ford Fusion will debut in the season-opening Daytona 500. Aspen Dental has been a partner of SHR since 2012 and aligned with Patrick since 2014. As the brand enters its sixth year with SHR and fourth with Patrick, it will serve as the primary sponsor of Patrick's #10 Ford for a double-digit slate of races in 2017.
"Our commitment to Danica Patrick goes back almost four years and our relationship with SHR even further," said Bob Fontana, chairman and CEO of Aspen Dental Management, Inc. "She is a strong advocate for the Aspen Dental brand and a wonderful ambassador for programs like the Healthy Mouth Movement. Danica and Stewart-Haas Racing have encouraged fans to get started on the road to better oral health care while showcasing how Aspen Dental practices make it easy for them. We look forward to our enhanced partnership."
Patrick has shined a spotlight on oral health across a multitude of channels. As part of the promotion of the Healthy Mouth Movement - a community-giving initiative which has delivered more than $7.5 million in donated dentistry for veterans since its inception - Patrick's #10 car displayed a special paint scheme during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in September 2015 that featured the names of 2,200 veterans who had been honored by their friends and family. Patrick also appeared in "A Taste of the Future" - a hidden-camera video campaign designed to raise awareness about the long-term consequences of delaying dental care.
"From the first time I visited Aspen Dental's headquarters in 2013, I was struck by their commitment to helping people and changing lives," Patrick said. "I love working with organizations that care about people, and teaming up with a group that has such an important mission - breaking down barriers and helping patients get the dental care they need - is very rewarding. In the years since I first partnered with Aspen Dental, it's been fun to work on some unique projects with their team. From the 'Taste of the Future' video to launching the MouthMobile and then having the 'Turbocharged Tooth Fairy Squad' at Talladega last spring, we've worked together on some pretty impactful programs. It's incredible to see firsthand how many people they've helped. I'm looking forward to delivering the company's message at even more races this year."
There are nearly 600 Aspen Dental practices across 35 states and each practice offers patients a safe, welcoming and judgment-free environment to address their dental challenges. Every Aspen Dental practice offers a full range of dental and denture services - including comprehensive exams, cleanings, extractions, fillings, periodontal treatment, whitening, oral surgery, crown and bridge work - allowing patients to have the peace of mind that they are taken care of and protected, so they can focus on getting the healthy mouth they deserve. In 2016, Aspen Dental practices recorded more than 4.1 million patient visits and welcomed nearly 900,000 new patients.
"Aspen Dental has been a great partner for Stewart-Haas Racing for many years," said Tony Stewart, who co-owns SHR with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas. "We've both grown with this sponsorship and we know we can achieve even more thanks to their increased role with Danica and our #10 team."(Stewart-Haas Racing), see images of the car on the #10 Team Schemes page.(2-14-2017)

Possible sponsorship issues for Patrick, Stewart-Haas UPDATES: Danica Patrick wore an all-white Tax Act uniform to NASCAR's preseason media event, raising eyebrows about her sponsorship situation. Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing last year signed a deal with Nature's Bakery as Patrick's primary sponsor. The company founded in 2010 by the father-and-son duo of Dave and Sam Marson was new to NASCAR last season and was scheduled to sponsor more than 20 races this year. SHR told The Associated Press on Tuesday that conversations with Nature's Bakery are ongoing. "Nature's Bakery and Stewart-Haas Racing are in discussions about how the sponsorship might look in 2017. Both sides have options, and it's a matter of determining what is best for both parties," the team told AP. SHR stressed it is moving forward with a full season for Patrick and its other three entries. Nature's Bakery is one of the smallest primary sponsors in NASCAR, with fewer than 500 employees in the United States. The company's products are sold in all 50 states and 22 countries.(Associated Press)(1-24-2017)
UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing filed a $31 million breach of contract lawsuit against Nature's Bakery on Friday, accusing the company of refusing to pay millions of dollars it owes the team to sponsor driver Danica Patrick this season. Nature's Bakery was scheduled to sponsor at least 20 races this NASCAR season, the second year of a three-year deal to be the primary sponsor for Patrick. The lawsuit filed in state superior court says Nature's Bakery had cash flow issues not long after signing its sponsorship agreement and asked to rework the payment schedule on the more than $15 million the company owes the team each season. SHR also accused the company of eventually concocting "a scheme to avoid further payments" by claiming Patrick had been endorsing competing products and was not using her social media presence enough to promote Nature's Bakery. The suit says Nature's Bakery sent a letter to the team on Jan. 19 terminating the sponsorship agreement, and that the company has missed several re-scheduled deadlines to pay. The lawsuit seeks $31.7 million, plus interest for the breach of contract.
The pairing with Nature's Bakery was a natural fit for Patrick because she heavily promotes a healthy lifestyle and clean eating. She has started a fitness program that will be turned into a book, has launched an active-wear clothing line and uses her social media channels to encourage fans with recipes and workouts. Patrick has also promoted Nature's Bakery on social media, and has claimed she ate the fig bars before she was partnered with the company. According to the lawsuit, Nature's Bakery took issue with Patrick using Instagram to promote Six Star Pro Nutrition Protein Powder, Purely Inspired Protein, home-made energy balls, a homemade spinach smoothie and various other homemade meals. SHR maintains none of those products is in competition with fig bars or brownies, and that Nature's Bakery "liked" most of the Instagram posts. An exhibit filed with the suit includes numerous Patrick photos from Instagram that show Nature's Bakery had "liked" the post. SHR claimed Nature's Bakery never complained about the Instagram posts until it began missing payments and accused Patrick to be in breach of contract.(Associated Press)
AND: The initial report has been updated with additional details:
The lawsuit filed in state superior court says Stewart-Haas Racing had "significant concern" Nature's Bakery could afford a primary sponsorship, but founder David Marson "provided repeated assurances that Nature's Bakery had the cash flow and funds to meet all the financial requirements."
Nature's Bakery did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Friday.
"It is an unfortunate situation, as the team has delivered on all aspects of its contract and was prepared to do so again in 2017. Ultimately, this is a situation that will be resolved in a court of law," the statement said, adding the team is moving forward with plans to field four cars in the Monster Energy Cup Series while also expanding to include a full-time Xfinity Series team. "The litigation with Nature's Bakery will not impact the organization's on-track efforts," the statement said.
(Associated Press)(2-3-2017)
UPDATE 2: Some sources have pointed to the '16 minority investment by private-equity firm VMG Partners into Nature's Bakery as a turning point for the deal, as the fig-bar company had previously been solely owned by the Marson family. The suit indicates that VMG Partners, which declined comment for this story, became responsible for large decisions after it made the investment, according to ESPN, and industry observers noted that private equity firms are typically solely interested in boosting a company's bottom line before flipping it. However, three sources close to Nature's Bakery said that the company is claiming that it saw no meaningful increase in sales revenue last year. One of those sources said that because of the claimed lack of a revenue jump, the deal was creating issues for the company regardless of any outside factors including new investors. Many in the industry had speculated over the last week and a half that SHR would look for a settlement in bid to avoid litigation.(Sports Business Daily)
AND Dave Pericak, Director of Ford Performance, was asked about Ford's commitment to the team:
There's a sponsorship issue with Danica's car. if there is a need for sponsorship, is that something that would fall under your parameters?
Pericak: "What I would say is we're gonna let that unfortunately play out through the court system and see how it works out. I'm hopeful that we're gonna come to a resolution on that, but at the end of the day what I can say is that you have my commitment and the commitment of Stewart-Haas Racing and everyone that's involved that it is not gonna affect our ability to hit the track and run that car and run it the way that it needs to be run. I don't really want to make any additional comments given where we are in the whole situation, and it's very unfortunate that we're going through it right now, but one way or another I can just tell you that you will have that 10 car on the track and it will be ready to perform."(Ford Racing)(2-7-2017)

Stewart pleased with move to Ford; #14 team needs sponsorship: The move from Chevrolet to Ford during the offseason was more than just an undertaking of putting new body panels on the cars for Stewart-Haas Racing. As part of the switch, SHR now solely relies on building its own chassis (the car frame) instead of getting chassis from Hendrick Motorsports. That change by itself meant adding people to the payroll and a lot more work to get ready for 2017. Team co-owner Tony Stewart seems pleased with how his team has converted to a new fleet of cars. Speaking at the Ford Performance racing support center, Stewart said Wednesday he feels confident his team has been organized well enough to make the switch without losing a beat. SHR doesn't build engines. It will move from Hendrick engines to Ford supplier Roush Yates Engines. Stewart said he felt the transition so far was smoother than he thought it would be when the team made the decision to change, a decision it did not take lightly considering Stewart's long relationship with General Motors and the quality cars and engines SHR had in winning the 2011 title with Stewart and the 2014 title with Kevin Harvick.
Even great performance doesn't always translate into sponsorship. While SHR will field four cars in 2017, Clint Bowyer, stood in front of a Mobil 1-branded car during the event even though Mobil just has a few races with Bowyer next season. The team has not announced an anchor sponsor for the majority of races for Bowyer, who replaces Stewart in the #14 NASCAR Cup car. "We're still working, still looking for sponsors for the 14 car so feel free to bring whatever you've got," Stewart told the media. The Bowyer car would run without sponsorship, if necessary, or with the Haas Automation logos of team co-owner Gene Haas on the car. Even with Ford support (manufacturers give teams money in addition to engineering support), Stewart said sponsorship is vital.(ESPN.com)(1-19-2017)

Haas involved in purchase of Concord, North Carolina building: A Concord building developed by racing legends Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon has sold for $11 million. The 180,000-square-foot commercial and industrial structure, called Motor Speedway Commerce Center, remains in the NASCAR racing family. It was bought by a West Coast investment buyer, Pegh Investments, which is owned by Gene Haas, a principal in the Kannapolis-based Stewart-Haas Racing. The building, located at 6301 Performance Drive, is currently split between the corporate office and distribution center for Lionel and distribution space for Fanatics Retail Group. The structure was built in 1997 by a joint-venture group including Earnhardt, Gordon and Ken Barber. It's built on 16 acres within sight of the Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Charlotte Business Journal)(12-31-2016)

Stewart-Haas Racing signs deal with Nike: Stewart-Haas Racing has signed a six-figure value-in-kind deal with Nike to outfit the team starting next season, when SHR switches manufacturers from Chevy to Ford. SHR did not previously have a sole apparel manufacturer and instead had different brands worn by team members. However, because of the switch to Ford, SHR will have to get all new apparel since Chevy's logo is on its current gear, and the team decided the time was right to go out and find one official partner. Nike will outfit the organization with various forms of apparel, and in return gets the exposure from the gear being worn publicly, plus signage on SHR's pit practice facility and weight room.
Meanwhile, [SHR VP/Sales & Marketing Mike Verlander] said that as part of the switchover from Chevy to Ford, SHR will also slightly tweak its logo. The new logo is not ready to be released, but Verlander said it will be a small change. SHR currently has a light blue logo, so switching to a darker shade to align with Ford's darker-blue logo is a possibility.(Sports Business Daily)(10-27-2016)

Career start 150 for Patrick: The Alabama 500 will mark #10-Danica Patrick's 150th career start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and her eighth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. She finished a career-best 19th there in October 2014. In two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts there, she finished a career-best 13th in May 2012. Tom Cavalli, a NASCAR fan who resides in Clermont, Florida, will join the #10 Nature's Bakery team Sunday at Talladega as the latest Nature's Bakery Fantern. The Fantern program was launched in January to energize fans with an opportunity to participate in a unique, at-track journey with Patrick and the #10 team. Cavalli's race-day experience will include spending time with the Nature's Bakery pit crew, a tour of the Sprint Cup garage and pit area, meeting Patrick and watching the race from pit road.(SHR)(10-20-2016)

Roush Yates Engines preparing for Stewart Haas switch to Ford: One of the biggest stories of the 2016 NASCAR season played out early in the year with the announcement that Stewart-Haas Racing would switch from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017 - a move that caught most everyone off-guard. Now, with the season winding down, the countdown is on for that switch to become a reality and Roush Yates Engines is working behind the scenes to ensure it is up to the task of putting power under the SHR hoods. "Roush Yates Engines, right now, is in the process of increasing inventory and getting prepared," said Jeff Clark, Vice President of Sales for Roush Yates Engines. "We don't build the engines yet because technology is always changing but we are reviewing applications and potential employees - that will be more of a November/December item. And then acquiring the inventory, a lot of the parts in these engines require long lead-times. There are three, four, five or six months of lead time on these items, so we're trying to get the hard parts together and just prepare as much as possible for when it is go-time." Clark doesn't have an exact number of people the organization will need to bring on to fulfill the new workload but he knows they will be choosing from the best-of-the-best in the sport. He said they have received a lot of interest from engine experts looking to fill the void and that have led to numerous applications and resumes. He said management is poring over stats to determine how much the workload will increase to be ready for 2017.(Kickin the Tires)(10-17-2016)

ExxonMobil and Stewart-Haas Racing Extend Partnership with Multi-Year Deal: ExxonMobil announced it will be extending the Mobil 1 brand's sponsorship of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in a multi-year deal. Beginning next year, Mobil 1, the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR," will provide full primary sponsorships across SHR's four NASCAR premier series drivers. Kevin Harvick's #4 car, Danica Patrick's #10, Clint Bowyer's #14 and Kurt Busch's #41 will see Mobil 1 full primaries at various NASCAR premier series races throughout the year. At the same time, the Mobil 1 brand will remain an associate sponsor for all SHR drivers at all other races. "ExxonMobil and Mobil 1 lubricant technology have been integral to my success with SHR and my 2014 Championship, so I'm excited they're coming back," said Harvick. "I'm also honored to step in as the lead representative for the Mobil 1 brand both on and off the track."
Tony Stewart, who has represented Mobil 1 since the brand joined SHR in 2011, is retiring as a NASCAR driver at the end of the 2016 season. He will remain a brand ambassador for Mobil 1 in his role as a team owner, as he co-owns SHR with industrialist Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. Additionally, the Mobil 1 brand will be an associate sponsor of SHR's new NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2017 season, where Cole Custer will run for rookie of the year. The company has been providing lubricant technology support to the team since 2011, which helped Stewart and Harvick earn premier series championships for SHR in 2011 and 2014, respectively.
"With two championships already, our partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing has been pushing performance limits since day one. Finishing this year and going into 2017, we're ready to add more wins and titles to the collection," said Kai Decker, global motorsports manager at ExxonMobil. "Our engineers are continuously working to advance our lubricant technology and SHR plays a large role in how we test our engine lubricants - ensuring consumers and race fans are getting the best product available."
After announcing the partnership in 2010, SHR and Mobil 1 engineers began working closely together to tackle racing challenges. The 2017 season continues a collaborative engineering relationship used to develop lubricant packages and push technology limits to new frontiers. This relationship helps the SHR team win races and ExxonMobil continue to improve the performance of Mobil 1 branded lubricants with improved power, fuel mileage, engine efficiency and reliability.
"We're thrilled to continue our partnership with ExxonMobil for the 2017 race season and beyond," Stewart said. "They've been an incredible partner. "The success we've achieved has been greatly helped by Mobil 1 lubricant technology and our engineers working hand in hand with their engineers."
Including the 2016 season, the partnership with ExxonMobil has led to significant on-track success for SHR, compiling two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, 34 race wins, 140 top-five finishes, 266 top-10 finishes and 28 poles.
Along with its association with SHR, Mobil 1 is entering its 15th year as the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR." Mobil 1 is used by more than 50 percent of the teams in NASCAR's top-three series.(ExxonMobil PR)(10-7-2016)

Patrick not ready to retire, but looking to the future: She's not giving up on racing any time soon but NASCAR driver #10-Danica Patrick is already eying her next move. "At this point and time it's racing but while I'm in racing, it's fun to develop relationships and plant the seed about all the other things that I love to do that will go beyond racing," Patrick tells FOXBusiness.com. The 34-year-old stock car driver says her social media accounts helped her realize her second passion-health and wellness. "You are what you eat," the avid cook added. Her Instagram is full of food pictures, ranging from the things she makes herself to promoting healthy on-the-go treats from her official sponsor, Nature's Bakery. "I don't think they [Nature's Bakery] just came about and they just worked. I think they came about because that is what I'm putting out there. That's what I'm showing that I'm interested in. Authentic is harder and harder to come by in this world and I feel very fortunate that I have partners that are very authentic too," she says. Nature's Bakery, a privately held snack and food brand, is happy about the partnership as well. Founder Dave Marson told NASCAR.com that overall sales had grown more than 50% since they entered into a partnership with Patrick and the Stewart-Haas racing team. "I was always confident that it was on an upward trajectory but I hope it exceeded their expectations," says Patrick. And she's not stopping there. Patrick is also developing a new clothing line called "Warrior," that is set to launch in January 2017, and has aspirations for a TV career. As for what's next in her racing career, Patrick says she won't quit until she wins in NASCAR.(Fox Business)(9-14-2016)

Kennedy & Patrick named in ADWEEK'S '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports': Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of International Speedway Corporation and Vice Chairperson of NASCAR, was named one of ADWEEK'S '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports' in their July issue, on newsstands June 27. The inaugural '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports' list is presented in ADWEEK'S annual Sports Issue. Kennedy is featured along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver #10-Danica Patrick, and other elite athletes, league executives, sports media personalities and sports marketing executives. The winners will be celebrated during the Clio Sports gala in New York on July 7th.(ISC and ADWEEK)(6-27-2016)

Stewart-Haas Racing switching to Ford in 2017: Ford Performance announced Stewart-Haas Racing will switch to Ford as its auto manufacturer partner starting with the 2017 NASCAR season. The multiyear agreement means that, beginning with Daytona Speedweeks in February 2017, the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing team will race the Ford Fusion with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.
"We are thrilled to be able to add a championship-level team like Stewart-Haas Racing to our Ford NASCAR program," said Raj Nair, executive vice president and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company. "Tony Stewart and Gene Haas have the same passion for winning that we do, and bring a strong stable of drivers and personnel that fit into what we're trying to do in the sport."
"We have said very clearly that we are not in NASCAR just to race, but to win races and championships," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. "We believe the addition of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 will give our program a major boost in terms of being in contention for both drivers' and manufacturers' championships every year.
"We believe that our NASCAR engineering experience and tools match up very well with the expertise and personnel that Stewart-Haas Racing has in house right now, and that we will both benefit from this partnership going forward."
Stewart-Haas Racing will join a Ford NASCAR lineup for 2017 that includes Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports. Roush Yates Engines is Ford's technical partner for NASCAR race engines.
Stewart-Haas Racing will continue its current manufacturer relationship throughout the 2016 season.(Ford Racing)
AND: Stewart-Haas Racing, winners of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and 30 point-paying races, will campaign Ford Fusions beginning in 2017. The four-car team will compete with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.
"I am proud of our association with Chevrolet as they helped build our organization into the team it is today," said Tony Stewart, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. "This new partnership with Ford allows us to strengthen our position in the sport and ensure the long-term stability and success for everyone who is a part of Stewart-Haas Racing."
"Motorsports is an extremely challenging environment where in order to maintain success you have to constantly innovate. It's true in NASCAR and it's true in business," said Gene Haas, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. "We've enjoyed great success with Chevrolet, but this opportunity with Ford allows us to evolve while continuing to compete at the highest levels of the sport."
"From the very beginning of Stewart-Haas Racing we have fostered an environment of competitiveness, performance, teamwork and family," said Brett Frood, team president. "This future partnership enables us to continue delivering across these silos and exceed our commitments to our fans, partners and employees."(Stewart-Haas Racing)
Transcript: Read what was said in Wednesday morning's press conference on the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford press conference transcript page.(2-24-2016)

Members of SHR help out family of stricken crewman: The family of a Stewart-Haas Racing team member who suffered a stroke on New Year's Day is getting a helping hand from fellow team members with the Kannapolis, North-Carolina based organization. Les Huntley, a front suspension mechanic for SHR and second gas man for #10-Danica Patrick last season, was left with paralysis on his left side in the wake of his medical emergency. As of a week ago, Huntley was still not walking, nor able to use his left arm and hand. Members of SHR spent their Saturday providing assistance to Huntley's family as they move into a new home.(FoxSports)(1-31-2016)

Danica Patrick talks about new crew chief: Danica Patrick didn't have input in choosing new crew chief Billy Scott, but a few days around him in the Stewart-Haas Racing shop last week have her encouraged. "Billy's great; I feel like he has a lot of common sense about everything," Patrick told NASCAR Talk Saturday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in her first public comments about Scott, whose hiring was announced Nov. 30. "I feel he's going to do a really great job. He's crafting a good team." Scott will become the third crew chief in three seasons for Patrick, whose #10 Chevrolet team was involved in an offseason overhaul at SHR that also ushered in a new crew chief (Michael Bugarewicz) for teammate Tony Stewart. In her lone full season with Daniel Knost, Patrick finished a career-best 24th in the Sprint Cup points standings. But she slipped to two top 10s (from three in 2014, including a career-best sixth at Atlanta Motor Speedway) and didn't finish higher than 15th after the May 31 race at Dover International Speedway. Scott, a 2005 graduate of UNC Charlotte, also is a degreed engineer, but Patrick said she wasn't involved in his hiring process. "I really left it up to the team," Patrick said. "I did everything I could last year to make the most with Daniel wholeheartedly, and the team just thought that it would be a better fit and good adjustment to change that. I trust them. I have to; that's what they do. I drive the car. The best thing I can do is make the most of every weekend. When they ask my opinion on things, I give them the opinion on what I think is good, what I think is bad, and let them do their job." Scott, who worked Clint Bowyer, David Ragan, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip as a Michael Waltrip Racing crew chief last season, will be working with engineer William Lee, one of several holdovers from last year's #10 team. Scott also has a good working relationship with fellow workaholic crew chief Rodney Childers, who left MWR two years ago to join Kevin Harvick's 2014 championship team at SHR.(NBC Sports)(1-12-2016)

Stewart-Haas Racing crew member suffers stroke: Les Huntley, a front suspension mechanic at Stewart-Haas Racing who also served as the second gas man for Danica Patrick's #10 team, suffered a stroke New Year's Day, the team confirmed Monday. Huntley has paralysis on the left side and is expected to have long road to recovery. Huntley, who is from Renwick, Iowa, worked on front suspensions for all the Stewart-Haas Racing cars.(NBC Sports)(1-4-2016)

Danica Patrick's father returns to his go-kart roots: #10-Danica Patrick's father is back to business in the go-kart game. T.J. Patrick has started a new kart team with the sole purpose of developing promising talent. Can he mold the next Danica Patrick? "I don't know about that," said the 56-year-old Patrick at Daytona International Speedway. "We just want to help kids and get them up to speed by showing the tricks we showed Danica, and hopefully it pans out in the long run for them." Patrick is one of hundreds of competitors racing in the Daytona KartWeek program, which features three styles of racing - sprint course, road racing and dirt oval. Patrick's team will compete on the .75-mile sprint course this week. T.J. Patrick and his wife, Bev, managed their daughter's racing career through 2010. Now she is represented by IMG World. Danica started in go-karts and wound up in IndyCars, where she established her name in the 2005 Indianapolis 500 by starting fourth, leading several laps late in the race and finishing fourth. She won an IndyCar Series race in 2008. She transitioned to NASCAR and has logged the last three years in the Cup Series driving the #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy. She recently signed a multi-year extension, thanks in part to replacing longtime sponsor GoDaddy with Nature's Bakery.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(12-29-2015)

Danica Patrick among most searched athletes of 2015: #10-Danica Patrick has earned a top-five finish on Yahoo's list of the most-searched athletes of 2015. Despite a 24th-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, Patrick is the fourth most-searched athlete of the year according to data compiled by Yahoo, Polyvore, Flickr and Tumblr. Patrick is the lone NASCAR representative on the list. The top 5:
Ronda Rousey, Lindsey Vonn, Maria Sharapova, Danica Patrick, and Caroline Wozniacki.(Fox Sports)(12-7-2015)

TaxAct Extends Partnership with Danica Patrick: TaxAct has extended its partnership with Danica Patrick and Stewart-Haas Racing. The multi-year agreement means that TaxAct will continue as the official online tax preparation partner of SHR and Patrick will be behind the wheel of the #10 TaxAct Chevy SS for four races annually beginning with the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, with associate sponsorship status for Patrick in all other Sprint Cup races. For years, TaxAct has offered the tools and resources necessary to help millions of Americans easily navigate the complexities of tax and finance at a fair price. This tax season, TaxAct is taking it a step further by giving filers with simple returns the ultimate deal: TaxAct Free. Americans can now use TaxAct Free to file their federal 1040A or 1040EZ and state returns at no cost.(Stewart Haas Racing), see an image of the car on the #10 team 2016 paint schemes page.(10-30-2015)



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