Could Ricky Stenhouse Jr. get a new teammate in Danica Patrick?

Photo by Ashley R Dickerson/Harold Hinson Photography

By Jerry Jordan, Editor
One of the most talked about vacancies in the NASCAR garage is the one that will be occur at the end of the season when Danica Patrick steps away from Stewart-Haas Racing and the No. 10 car, but at no point in the process has she said she is done with racing. Now, there is talk she could end up at Roush Fenway Racing with boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and she would neither confirm nor deny when asked this past week at Martinsville Speedway.

“Ha, ha, you never know, I mean, you know, I think that, I think that what’s most important is that you find a spot where you’ve got, you know, you’ve got that potential and you’ve got a group that has passion,” Patrick replied, when asked specifically by Kickin’ the Tires about joining Stenhouse and Trevor Bayne at Roush Fenway Racing next season. Roush Fenway currently has three NASCAR charters – one of which is being leased out to another organization.

Whether it will happen is unknown at this point. But keeping her in the Ford fold would be good for a manufacturer trying to attract a female consumer base. A Ford representative did not have any information on if she would be driving a blue oval in 2018.

Other reporters asked her about the ongoing progress and conversations she’d had with her agents on finding something for her in 2018 and she said she has some options and they are “kicking” ideas around without saying with whom those negotiations involve.

“You know, we’ve had some conversations,” she said. “We’ve had some things go around. And nothing is set in stone yet, but yeah, we’re kicking ideas around and we’ll see.”

Patrick said she has a lot of other things she could be doing if it doesn’t work out with her being behind the wheel of a racecar – even joking that she was “getting old” and wanted to have some fun. She said she still wants to be competitive and find her way to victory lane before hanging up her helmet.

“As I have said before for years, if I don’t feel I can get a good ride in Cup and have the chance to win, or have a better chance to win than I even do now, if not the same but better, then, you know, it’s not that much fun. I have a lot of other cool things I could be doing and I am getting old, so you’ve got to have some fun,” she said. 

It has long been expected she and Stenhouse would take their relationship to the next level but that has not happened to this point despite her hinting, so if that fun is inclusive of settling down and having a family it hasn’t happened yet. She even joked about it on April Fool’s Day earlier this year.

Adding to the mystery surrounding Patrick’s future is a tweet on October 30 by Mike Kelly, who is Stenhouse’s former crew chief and current downforce program manager for Roush Fenway. He stated that a “cool news” would be coming from the team and followed up that it would be released in a “week or so.”

10 Comments

  1. David codina

    October 31, 2017 at 11:05 am

    She should start DP racing and be a car owner and driver.

  2. Janice Phillips

    October 31, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    A few typos or grammatical errors. Called Danica “he” a few times. And very first sentence has an error. Sorry, spelling and grammar are my pet peeve. I think it would be great for Ricky and Danica to be teammates. They almost always seem to qualify, race and finish close to each other anyway!

    • Jerry Jordan

      November 1, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Not to nitpick or anything but the second sentence in your reply is incomplete. I do appreciate you reading the site and sharing your thoughts with us. My hope is that more NASCAR fans will learn to trust us for the factually accurate NASCAR news we are known to produce. — Jerry Jordan, Editor

  3. Dave in Ohio

    October 31, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Please, no. Please let us finally be rid of the hype and unearned coverage of this mediocre driver. There is plenty of better talent out there to fill a seat at Roush, the only question here is can she draw a big enough sponsor to pay the freight. They know she’s not going to finish above the top 25 there if she couldn’t do it at Stewart Haas.

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  5. K. Hutchinson

    November 1, 2017 at 2:46 am

    At this point in time, NASCAR needs Danica, more than Danica needs NASCAR.
    Many can question her driving ability, but her marketability is top ten, maybe even as high as top five.($$$$$?)
    We all know, changes of scenery have helped a lot of drivers.
    Roush-Fenway seems a nice fit, although it will be a step down in performance from SHR.

  6. John Kmetz

    November 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    NASCAR will lose plenty of followers if Danica leaves, and not only female followers either.

    • Thomas Kirby Jr

      November 16, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      I will be gone if they loose her. She needs to be in Roush Fenway Ford with Mark Martin as crew chief.

  7. r.adams

    November 3, 2017 at 10:48 am

    If NASCAR was smart, they would help Danica find a ride for next year. If she had a better car and a better pitcrew maybe she would do better. She does bring in the money. And the announcer’s are bad. Look at the women in the NHRA.

    • Caleb Whisler

      November 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      NASCAR is actually helping Danica search for a sponsorship. They did the same thing for Bubba Wallace.

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