It’s all food under the bridge now
Danica Patrick says she has not been distracted by her ongoing legal wrangling with former sponsor Nature’s Bakery.
Stewart-Haas Racing has filed a $31-million US lawsuit against Nature’s Bakery, saying the food company concocted false claims to dump the remaining two years on its deal to sponsor Patrick.
Patrick says she thought she had a solid relationship with Nature’s Bakery and insists she never promoted any rival products.
“We had a great yoga event here at Daytona last year at this time,” she said. “When there was something to do, we did it really, really well. My focus is on those who are still around and those who are stepping up.”
The severing of the contract left Stewart-Haas Racing in a funding lurch weeks before the season. Patrick had at least 20 unsponsored races without Nature’s Bakery, but Aspen Dental this week broadened its role with her. Aspen Dental will be Patrick’s primary sponsor for double-digit races, debuting with the Daytona 500.
“It’s a perfect opportunity for them to step up and I appreciate that very much,” she said. “But also to really expand their brand and continue to grow.”
Danica Patrick says she hasn’t been distracted by her legal battle with Nature’s Bakery.