Smithfield Foods makes move to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018
Smithfield Foods have singed a new deal with Stewart-Haas Racing. They will leave their current team, Richard Petty Motorsports.
It’s been a rumor for several days. However, less than an hour ago, it was confirmed.
Richard Petty Motorsports had a handshake deal with Smithfield to return in 2018. That deal apparently wasn’t put in concrete. As RPM began talking of bringing in a new driver, Bubba Wallace to replace Aric Almirola. Smithfield began looking elsewhere.
There’s no confirmation of which Stewart-Haas driver will pick up the new sponsor. Kurt Busch is a free-agent in 2018, though SHR has said they have intentions pick him up next season. Additionally, Danica Patrick is seeking sponsorship.
Smithfield Foods posted the following update to it’s facebook page.
Smithfield Foods Announcement
“We’re excited to announce today that Smithfield Foods will join Stewart-Haas Racing as a primary team sponsor beginning in 2018.”
“The decision to leave Richard Petty Motorsports and join Stewart-Haas Racing was difficult but we feel this move will improve our competitiveness on the track and strengthen our position as a leading consumer packaged goods company.”
“Further details of our agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing will be provided at a later date.”