Ford Sticks to its Guns with Stewart-Haas and Danica Patrick

Amid a legal battle, Stewart-Haas racing is receiving support from Ford Racing to ensure Patrick’s presence in 2017.

Welp, it looks like Stewart-Haas is still making headlines. On Friday, Stewart-Haas Racing filed a lawsuit against Danica Patrick’s sponsor “Nature’s Bakery” for a “breach of contract.” Stewart-Haas is claiming that the breach is worth $30 million in damages.

There’s no official word on what Nature’s Bakery did to warrant said breach of contract, but it’s hard to imagine the folks behind a bakery up to nefarious ends. Then again, who knows? It could be a doughy money laundering for an International drugs cartel for all we know. Baking Bad? Anyone?… I’ll get my coat… Maybe the world of competitive Motorsport sponsorship is a cutthroat affair and we’re none the wiser? I’m speculating that ye olde bakery didn’t pay out the amount that was agreed to. Not that exciting, but the lawsuit is slightly more understandable as it’s money owed.

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20:   Danica Patrick (10) during the 18th annual Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on November 20, 2016, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Danica Patrick (10) during the 18th annual Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on November 20, 2016, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Having such news come out less than two weeks before the Daytona 500 qualifying has rustled the jimmies of some of Patrick’s followers, but fret not, Dave Pericak – Director of Ford Performance – has swooped in to save the day:

“[In regards to the lawsuit] We’re going to let that play out, unfortunately, through the court system and see how it works out. “I’m hopeful we’re going to come to a resolution on that. At the end of the day, what I can say is that you have my commitment, the commitment from Stewart-Haas Racing and everyone that is involved, that it is not going to affect our ability to hit the track and run that car and run it the way it needs to run.

“I really don’t want to make any additional comments given where we are in the whole situation – and it’s very unfortunate we’re going through it right now – but one way or another, I can just tell you, the No. 10 will be on the track and it will be ready to perform.” – Dave Pericak

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 12: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Nature's Bakery Chevrolet, sits in her car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 12: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet, sits in her car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Hopefully this whole messy affair gets sorted out soon and we can go back to petitioning the kind of sponsorship we actually want to see: all-covering windshield stickers. Someone get Fig Newton on the line.

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