Sponsorship Issues Continue For Stewart-Haas Racing

Stewart-Haas Racing is currently working hard towards the 2013 NASCAR season with the latest set back for the team.

It was reported by ESPN during the race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway that one of Tony Stewart’s primary sponsors, Office Depot, will not return as a primary sponsor for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2013. Currently Office Depot is the primary sponsor for 22 out of the 38 races in the 2012 season for Stewart.

For the remainder of the 38 races that Office Depot is not on the car, Mobil 1, Stewart’s other co-sponsor covers the other 16 races.

Although Stewart is the reigning 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Office Depot is having discussions with Stewart-Haas for other directions they could have with the team. The company was on board with Stewart during his championship run in the 2011 season.

Office Depot has been with Stewart-Haas Racing and Stewart since the 2009 season and has been in NASCAR as the official office product partner of NASCAR since 2005.

The latest set back for Stewart-Haas Racing with Office Depot limiting their sponsorship with the team is the latest news since the Army decided not to sponsor Ryan Newman and the No.39 team in 2013. Army has been one of Newman’s primary sponsors during his time at SHR. Since the announcement of Army pulling out of SHR, Army has decided to completely back out of NASCAR.

For the upcoming 2013 season Stewart-Haas Racing is planning to field three full time Sprint Cup Series cars for Stewart, Danica Patrick, and Newman.

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