Just days before the racing season will kick off, her team filed a massive lawsuit against the main sponsor - leaving her No. 10 nearly empty.
According to USA Today, Danica Patrick's team, Stewart-Haas Racing had launched a $31 million lawsuit against her new main sponsor Nature's Bakery shortly before the season featuring a 20-race sponsorship was about to start.
Nature's Bakery and Stewart-Haas Racing had just barely kicked off their three-year sponsorship deal with 2016 being the first NASCAR season they were featured on Patrick's car.
Now, Stewart-Haas Racing is pursuing the snack food company in court, alleging that Nature's Bakery has defaulted on their contract as her sponsor by failing to follow the payment schedule they had originally agreed upon.
As USA Today reports, Nature's Bakery allegedly told Stewart-Haas Racing in mid-January that they believed Patrick had broken her sponsorship deal by featuring competitor snack foods in her social media posts. Stewart-Haas Racing disputes their claim, and is seeking a court order for payment and fulfillment of the contract.
The team issued a statement to the media about the conflict.
"Nature’s Bakery is in material breach of its contract with Stewart-Haas Racing. It is an unfortunate situation, as the team has delivered on all aspects of its contract and was prepared to do so again in 2017. Ultimately, this is a situation that will be resolved in a court of law."
Patrick still has several smaller sponsors that will be featured during this new season, but without a main sponsor so close to the start, it's hard to guess how this might all play out.
Watch the original unveiling of Danica Patrick's Nature's Bakery car in the video below.
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