Nature's Bakery (28) scheduled to be primary sponsor in 2016:
Daytona, Sprint Unlimited - 2/13
Las Vegas - 3/6
Phoenix - 3/13
Texas - 4/9
Bristol - 4/17
Richmond - 4/24
Kansas - 5/7
Dover - 5/15
Charlotte, Sprint Showdown - 5/20
Charlotte - 5/29
Pocono - 6/5
Michigan - 6/12
Sonoma - 6/26
Daytona - 7/2
Kentucky - 7/9
New Hampshire - 7/17
Indianapolis - 7/24
Watkins Glen - 8/7
Bristol - 8/20
Darlington - 9/4
Richmond - 9/10
Chicago - 9/18
New Hampshire - 9/25
Dover - 10/2
Kansas - 10/16
Talladega - 10/23
Martinsville - 10/30
Phoenix - 11/13
TaxACT (4) scheduled to be primary sponsor in 2016:
Auto Club - 3/20
Martinsville - 4/3
Texas - 11/6
Homestead - 11/20
Aspen Dental (4) scheduled to be primary sponsor in 2016:
Atlanta - 2/28
Talladega - 5/1
Michigan - 8/28
Charlotte - 10/8
Mobil 1 (1) scheduled to be primary sponsor in 2016 at:
Pocono - 7/31
Contract Status: Driver: 2018?; Primary Sponsors: Nature's Bakery starts 2016-2018?, Aspen Dental, 2016?; TaxAct, 2017?
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)
Nature's Bakery Launches Fantern Program: With the start of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season fast approaching, Nature's Bakery, primary sponsor of Danica Patrick and the #10 Chevy team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is launching the company's first promotion tied to the new partnership: the Nature's Bakery Fantern Program. Nature's Bakery was founded in 2010 by the father-and-son duo of Dave and Sam Marson with a mission of making delicious, convenient, on-the-go snacks that complement health-conscious living and active, everyday lifestyles. The company's signature tagline is: "Energy for Life's Great Journeys," and with the new Fantern program, Nature's Bakery plans to energize fans with an opportunity to participate in a great at-track journey. The unique fan internship experience will be offered at 26 race weekends throughout the year, starting with the March 3 Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas. The Nature's Bakery Fantern will have a hybrid role on the #10 team, as a "fantern" is the blending of a fan and an intern into one position. The program will provide a hands-on opportunity to gain a unique and valuable experience tied to a subject matter fans are curious to learn about. U.S. residents can visit www.NaturesBakery.com/Fantern to apply to be a part of the #10 Nature's Bakery team.(SHR)(1-29-2016)
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)
MWR's pit crew coach hired by Stewart-Haas: Pit coach Walt Smith has been hired by SHR to help out in the pit department for the upcoming 2016 season. We know that sounds vague but we haven't heard his exact role yet. We do know he's been hired just not sure on weather he will take over as the Cup coach, adviser, recruiter, or all of the above. Walt is a coach that has seen plenty of years on pit road. He is a very accomplished coach and has spent years with HMS, DEI, EGR, and MWR. As far as the current situation at SHR, they are in good shape.! From what we know, coaches Joe Piette and Kevin Sharpe are both staying there and why wouldn't they? They've won championships with Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick while also winning Mechanix Wear back to back pit crew MVP awards with their #4 and #41 teams.(Pit Talks)(12-9-2015)
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)
SHR announces new crew chiefs for Stewart, Patrick: Stewart-Haas Racing has made new appointments within its competition department as the championship-winning race team wastes no time preparing for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Michael Bugarewicz has been promoted from race engineer on the #4 team to crew chief for the #14 team of Tony Stewart. The 33-year-old from Lehighton, Pennsylvania, replaces Chad Johnston, who has left SHR to pursue a new opportunity. Bugarewicz joined SHR in 2014 where in his role as race engineer, he helped Kevin Harvick secure his first Sprint Cup championship. Bugarewicz began his NASCAR career in 2005 at Roush-Fenway Racing in the engineering department, assisting a variety of teams as a race engineer in the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series. Before coming to SHR, Bugarewicz was the race engineer on Roush-Fenway's #17 team, where he worked with Matt Kenseth (2011-2012) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2013). Bugarewicz graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (2004) and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering (2005).
Billy Scott has been named crew chief for the #10 team of Danica Patrick. The 38-year-old from Land O' Lakes, Florida, comes to SHR from Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) where since 2014 he was the crew chief for the #55 team, which featured drivers David Ragan, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip, among others. He also served as crew chief for MWR's #15 team and driver Clint Bowyer from June 2015 through the end of the season. Prior to that role, Scott was a race engineer working under crew chief Rodney Childers, who joined SHR in 2014 and promptly led Harvick to the Sprint Cup championship. Scott came to MWR in 2008 after working in a variety of racing disciplines, including NASCAR, sports cars and sprint cars. It was during his work in the Truck Series in 2003 when Scott decided to focus on engineering. He attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 2005.
Daniel Knost has been promoted to a senior leadership position within SHR. As manager of vehicle dynamics, Knost will oversee a number of the organization's technical efforts, with a specific focus on track simulation and racecar performance. The 36-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, has been a crew chief at SHR for two years, spending 2014 with the #41 team of Kurt Busch and 2015 with the #10 team of Patrick. Knost joined SHR in 2008 when it was Haas-CNC Racing after earning Master of Science and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Knost graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
Childers remains as crew chief for the #4 team of Harvick and Tony Gibson remains as crew chief for the #41 team of Busch.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(11-30-2015)
Danica may get a new crew chief in 2016? UPDATE In her third full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Danica Patrick has shown some improvements from her first two years as driver of the #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy. Those improvements might not be enough for crew chief Daniel Knost to keep his job, however. Speaking with FOXSports.com in an exclusive interview on Sunday morning in the Homestead-Miami Speedway garage, Knost -- who worked was crew chief for SHR's Kurt Busch for 33 races being tapped to call the shots for Patrick's team late last year -- was non-committal about what his role will be in 2016. "I'm still working with the company on what all I'm going to be doing," said Knost, who has a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and worked as an engineer for SHR before becoming a crew chief. "I'm working with the company on what my future role is going to be for many years out. We've got a good, solid group. I want to see most of that stay together. Inevitably there is some change in racing on all teams, and quite frankly, when you have a program like what Stewart-Haas has got, a lot of people are interested in what you're doing so it's hard to maintain a really good team for a long time, just because opportunities open up for people."(see full article at FoxSports)(11-23-2015)
UPDATE: Billy Scott is expected to take over as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy in 2016. Sources say that Scott will replace Daniel Knost, who started with Kurt Busch and the #41 Haas Automation Chevy in 2014 before moving to the #14 car with four races remaining in the season. Scott honed his skills as a mechanic in the Camping World Truck Series prior earning his engineering degree. Following graduation, he joined Robert Yates Racing in 2005 before joining Michael Waltrip Racing in 2008. After working under Rodney Childers as team engineer on the #55 Toyota, Scott prepared to take over crew chief's role in August 2013. Childers left MWR for Stewart-Haas Racing and Scott apprenticed with interim crew chief and vice president of competition Scott Miller. In 2014, Scott was promoted to crew chief for Brian Vickers. This season, Scott worked with Clint Bowyer, David Ragan, Michael Waltrip and Vickers (Motorsport)(11-23-2015)
Special final GoDaddy scheme for Danica: Nearly nine years ago, GoDaddy, now the world's largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, partnered with Danica Patrick, a promising star who was heating up the track in the IndyCar Series. That relationship grew over the years and continued as the driver transitioned from open-wheel cars to the stock-car ranks of NASCAR. As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enters the penultimate race of the 2015 season and Patrick's longtime sponsor plans to exit the sport at the conclusion of the year, her #10 GoDaddy Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will feature a special paint scheme at both Phoenix and Homestead. The paint scheme celebrates the company's long bond with Patrick by featuring memorable photos from their nine-year partnership, including her history-making pole award for the 2013 Daytona 500. In addition, the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet also features the hashtag #GoingTheDistance to reference the fact that just as Patrick and the #10 team "go the distance" on the track, GoDaddy and its employees "go the distance" for customers. Last week, the GoDaddy Racing Twitter account shared a video thanking Patrick and NASCAR for helping the company build its brand over the years, and the company encourages fans to share their favorite GoDaddy Racing memories on social media with the #GoingTheDistance hashtag.(SHR), see an image of the scheme on the #10 Team Schemes page (11-11-2015)
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)
Aspen Dental to sponsor Patrick in four races in 2016: Aspen Dental Management, Inc. has extended its partnership with Danica Patrick and Stewart Haas Racing, doubling the number of races in which Aspen Dental serves as primary sponsor. The deal means that Patrick will be behind the wheel of the blue-and-white #10 Aspen Dental Chevy 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. Aspen Dental practices are one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of independent dental care providers in the United States, with more than 500 locations across 32 states. In the past two years, Patrick has served as an ambassador for Aspen Dental practices across a multitude of channels, from launching Aspen Dental's Healthy Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative to deliver free dental care and oral health education to people in need, to appearing in A Taste of the Future, a hidden camera video designed to raise awareness about the long-term consequences of delaying dental care. Patrick's #10 Chevrolet will feature Aspen Dental branding this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The design of her Aspen Dental Chevrolet carries special significance, as it is augmented by the names of more than 2,200 veterans being honored by their family and friends via a social media campaign earlier this year. Throughout 2015, Aspen Dental practices have been helping veterans get their smiles back on track through the Healthy Mouth Movement, providing more than $2 million in free dental care to thousands of veterans. In total, the Healthy Mouth Movement has delivered more than $3 million in free dental care since it was launched in 2014.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(9-18-2015)
Stewart-Haas extends partnership with Atlas Copco North America: Stewart-Haas Racing has extended its partnership with Parsippany, New Jersey-based Atlas Copco North America. Atlas Copco has served as SHR's official compressed air supplier since the team's inception in 2009 and has grown to become a technical partner of the organization. Last season, Atlas Copco Compressors LLC, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, provided new compressed air equipment and installed its SMARTLINK monitoring technology into SHR's new, state-of-the-art race shop expansion located adjacent to the team's existing headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina. SMARTLINK provides 24/7 remote monitoring of the team's compressed air system to ensure continuous uptime and peak performance.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(8-28-2015)
SHR working on additional sponsorship for Patrick: Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Brett Frood said Tuesday the team is working to fill the eight-race gap on Danica Patrick's #10 car next season with the same companies that have shared space on the hood with GoDaddy the past two seasons. Nature's Bakery was announced as Patrick's new primary sponsor in a multiyear deal starting in 2016. "We're working through the final solutions on that, and hopefully we'll have some upcoming announcements," Frood said. "Those current partners, it's worked well, so we hope to continue that." GoDaddy, which announced in May that it wouldn't be renewing its primary sponsorship after this season, funded all of Patrick's races during her 2013 rookie season in Sprint Cup but had sold off a handful the past two years to Aspen Dental and TaxAct. Frood indicated that both companies could return next year, possibly in slightly larger roles. TaxAct already had increased its investment this season, buying the hood for Patrick's race at Texas after she finished seventh in the company's car the previous week at Martinsville. "For us, it's just figuring out partners that make sense where we can help elevate their business and at the same time make sure we can be as competitive as possible and have the resources to continue going fast," Frood said.(NBC Sports)(8-19-2015)
Danica Patrick press conference Tuesday UPDATE re-signs Patrick and Nature's Bakery as sponsor: Stewart-Haas Racing has scheduled a press conference regarding #10-Danica Patrick for Tuesday at 11:00am/et. Fox Sports' Tom Jensen tweeted, "Sources tell @NASCARONFOX she'll have a sponsor who is new to sport" and the "new sponsor could be for as many as 30 races, per sources.".
The press conference will be live streamed on NASCAR.com.(8-17-2015)
UPDATE: hearing the sponsor could be Nature's Bakery: "on-the-go snacks and foods that complement health conscious living". Patrick teased the paint scheme on her Twitter.(8-17-2015)
UPDATE 2: Stewart-Haas Racing announced the re-signing of driver Danica Patrick in a multi-year deal (using 3 years), also signing new NASCAR sponsor Nature's Bakery to a multi-year deal. Nature's Bakery will be the sponsor for 28 races in 2016, starting at Daytona in February. All team owner Tony Stewart would say about the term of the contracts for Patrick or Nature's Bakery is, multi-year, but more than two years.
Press Release: Nature's Bakery, a rapidly-growing snacks and food brand headquartered in Reno, Nevada, has joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to become the primary sponsor of driver Danica Patrick and the #10 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning with the 2016 season. The multiyear sponsorship agreement will see Nature's Bakery and its signature tagline, "Energy for Life's Great Journeys", adorn Patrick's #10 Chevy for 28 races a year.
Nature's Bakery was founded in 2010 by the father-and-son duo of Dave and Sam Marson with a mission of making delicious, convenient, on-the-go snacks that complement health-conscious living and active, everyday lifestyles. Their lineage in the food industry can be traced back to the 1960s when Dave's father, Richard Marson, opened a family bakery. Growing up in the bakery, Dave passed his passion and skills along to his son, Sam, whereupon the two combined their knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to form Nature's Bakery.
"Danica Patrick is one of the most fit and health-conscious drivers in all of racing and she embodies the Nature's Bakery customer," said Dave Marson, founder of Nature's Bakery. "We make great products that complement Danica's lifestyle and the always on-the-go environment in which she competes. Nature's Bakery provides 'Energy for Life's Great Journeys' and we're very proud to embark upon this NASCAR journey with Danica and Stewart-Haas Racing."
"It's an honor to represent Nature's Bakery and also a great deal of responsibility," Patrick said. "They have ambitious goals and they're going to rely on me and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing to deliver. I have ambitious goals too. It's why I came to NASCAR and, specifically, to Stewart-Haas Racing. There's still a lot I want to achieve in this sport and I'm looking to continue my professional journey with a brand as determined as I am."
Patrick is motorsports' most recognizable athlete and the most marketable personality in NASCAR according to Repucom's 2015 Davie Brown Index. Her success on the racetrack, which includes an IndyCar Series victory and a Daytona 500 pole, transcends her into the mainstream, proven by a 2014 Harris Poll which named Patrick the second-most recognized female athlete in the United States, behind only tennis star Serena Williams.
"All you need to say is 'Danica' and people know exactly who you're talking about," Dave Marson added. "She has immersed herself and succeeded in a very intense sport and been recognized for her efforts. By offering convenient, easy-to-find and affordable products that people can feel better about eating, we've carved a niche for Nature's Bakery in the fast-growing, packaged snack-food industry. With our partnership with Danica and Stewart-Haas Racing, we're able to take that niche mainstream."
"Danica has proven she belongs in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we're very happy to have her a part of our team for years to come," said Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. "Nature's Bakery is a natural fit with Danica. She has played an important role in the growth of all the businesses associated with her and our growth as a race team. Our partnership with Nature's Bakery is all about growing their business. In Danica, we have the best possible person to help Nature's Bakery achieve its goals."(SHR)
See an image of the scheme on the 2016 #10 Team Schemes page.(8-18-2015)
GoDaddy Shifting Out Of NASCAR: GoDaddy Inc., the world's largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, is leaving NASCAR at the end of the 2015 season, as the company looks to diversify its marketing investment across more channels and regions. The move marks another milestone in GoDaddy's marketing evolution, in which the company is balancing brand awareness with a more personalized data-driven marketing approach while expanding its global footprint. While GoDaddy is not renewing its primary sponsorship of the #10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) and driver Danica Patrick, the company is negotiating to keep Patrick as a GoDaddy spokeswoman under a personal services agreement.
"We love Danica and all she does to empower and inspire people, especially women, which is why we are working to keep her in the GoDaddy family," said GoDaddy Chief Marketing Officer Phil Bienert. "We have the utmost respect for Stewart-Haas Racing, and they've been phenomenal partners. In fact, NASCAR has been a tremendous domestic platform to help us achieve an 81 percent aided brand awareness domestically, but at this stage, we need a range of marketing assets that reach a more globally-diverse set of customers. The fact Danica is having a record-setting season makes it tough to leave this motorsports sponsorship, without a doubt."
"GoDaddy has been an incredible partner for a very long time, almost nine years, and as I've said before, our brands have really grown up together," Patrick said. "It's pretty cool, from a marketing perspective, that we helped GoDaddy build such strong brand awareness here in the U.S. I'm excited to work with GoDaddy on a personal level moving forward, but will miss having their bright green color on my racecar next year."
"Danica is a superstar. She's making history in a male-dominated sport and that takes massive commitment, tenacity and passion," said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. "The way Danica approaches racing is remarkably similar to how our small business customers approach their work ... they're both chasing dreams in spite of huge obstacles. She's an inspiration to go getters everywhere. She's also helped inspire women around the world to dream big and keep working to make their dreams real. I would be thrilled if Danica stayed on as GoDaddy's spokeswoman and I want to personally thank Stewart-Haas Racing and NASCAR for their help in building the GoDaddy brand domestically."
In recent years, Patrick has worked to promote GoDaddy's online services for small business owners and helped with campaigns to fight breast cancer and attract more young women to study science, technology, engineering and math, also known as "STEM." "GoDaddy has been a great partner for us and for the sport overall," said Tony Stewart, SHR co-owner and teammate to Patrick. "There's a lot of season left on the calendar and it would be great to go out with a win ... that would really put the exclamation point on what has been a hugely successful relationship."(PR Newswire)(4-29-2015)
Patrick ties most top 10s by a woman: Danica Patrick knows sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. On a long Sunday afternoon at Martinsville, she was both lucky and good. Patrick enjoyed a seventh-place finish in the STP 500 with a little luck, good driving and a good car. One off her career best of sixth set in August at Atlanta, this marked her fifth top-10 finish, which ties her with Janet Guthrie for the most top-10s by a woman in the Sprint Cup Series. The finish was by far her best of the season -- she hadn't finished in the top 15 this year -- as she moved up seven spots in the standings to 16th. It was the first race this year where it appeared she and crew chief Daniel Knost made significant gains in getting the car better.(ESPN.com), see more stats on the Female NASCAR drivers page.(3-30-2015)
Stump named technical director at Stewart Haas: Stewart-Haas Racing, the championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, has hired Rex Stump as its technical director, effective immediately. Stump comes to Stewart-Haas Racing after an 18-year career at Hendrick Motorsports. There, he founded the organization's research and development program and has been instrumental in chassis design and technology. Stump graduated from Kettering University (formerly the General Motors Institute) in 1989 with bachelor's degrees in mechanical and automotive engineering. Upon graduation, Stump worked at General Motors and participated in the Sloan Fellowship program, pursuing a master's degree in structural analysis from Wayne State University in Detroit. While at General Motors, he began working with the Corvette team in developing the active-suspension of the C5, which was slated to debut in the early 1990s. When the active-suspension program was canceled and the C5 was delayed, Stump delved into motorsports, becoming a race engineer for Team Penske in 1991. Working with a group of engineers dedicated to improving the performance of the #2 team of driver Rusty Wallace, Stump helped advance Wallace from a two-win season in 1991 to a massive, 10-win season in 1993. By the end of 1993, Corvette had reactivated the C5. Stump returned to General Motors to assist with the project and stayed until the end of 1995, joining Hendrick Motorsports in 1996.(Stewart Haas Racing)(11-20-2014)
Patrick, second best finish by female driver in Cup: #10-Danica Patrick's sixth-place finish is the highest finish by a female at Atlanta. The previous record was Janet Guthrie's 10th-place finish on March 19, 1978. Only a fifth-place result by Sara Christian in a Sprint Cup race on Oct. 2, 1949 at Heidelberg (Pa.) Raceway tops Patrick's finish. Christian also finished sixth at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway on Sept. 11, 1949 and Guthrie finished sixth at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 28, 1977. Though she ended up one spot behind Christian's record, Patrick notched her third top-10 of the year as she finished seventh in May at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and eighth in July at Daytona. If she scores one more top-10 in 2014, she will tie Guthrie, who had four in 1977.(SHR PR)
See the Female NASCAR Drivers page.(9-5-2014)
Haas thinks Danica could succeed in F1: With #10-Danica Patrick still struggling in NASCAR, could she be headed back to open-wheel racing as one of the drivers for her boss, Gene Haas, who will launch a North Carolina-based Formula One team in 2016? That question was posed to Haas Saturday afternoon following qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, and while he sounded intrigued by the possibility, he also sounded as though it would be unlikely to actually happen. Asked if Patrick would be a good candidate for the Haas Formula One team, Haas said, "I think she would. I think she would. She would bring an awful lot of viewership. I think it would be great for America. I think she would be a great candidate." Haas then quickly added, "Whether that's going to happen or not ... that's, that's, that's ... you know I think that's kind of a long shot there, too."(FoxSports)(6-8-2014)
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