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AAA  Sep. 13, 2017 10:38 AM ET
Patrick at career crossroads as days as driver appear over
By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 
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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 file photo, Danica Patrick watches during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Danica Patrick is done at Stewart-Haas Racing and her future in NASCAR is now up in the air amid a sponsorship shake-up. Patrick posted a statement on her Facebook page Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 saying her time with Stewart-Haas “had come to an end” due to a new sponsorship arrangement for the team next season. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
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(AP) — Tony Stewart has pledged his "unwavering" support to Danica Patrick as her driving career appears to be coming to an end.

Patrick will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season. She will likely be out of a full-time ride unless she finds considerable sponsorship. She is the only woman racing at NASCAR's top level.

Stewart gave Patrick her job in the Cup Series after she moved from IndyCar to NASCAR. He wrote on Facebook that he's always believed in Patrick's ability as a racecar driver and that continues to be the case. He called her fearless.

Patrick's sponsorship package fell apart at the start of this season when Nature's Bakery backed out of a three-year deal after just one season.

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