CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart called Danica Patrick “fearless” on Wednesday, his first comments about her upcoming departure from his race team in a financial move that could end her full-time driving career in NASCAR.

Patrick will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season. Unless she can secure significant sponsorship, she likely won’t be able to find another full-time ride.

Patrick is the only woman racing at NASCAR’s top level, and she’s also the most accomplished in history.

“I’ve always been a believer in Danica’s ability as a racecar driver and that continues to be the case. She’s one of the most fearless people I’ve ever met. She has never backed down from a challenge,” Stewart wrote on his Facebook page. “In fact, she’s sought out new challenges throughout her career, and that’s what brought her to NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing.”

In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Danica Patrick arrives at the garage after practice for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.

Patrick has driven for Stewart-Haas Racing her entire Cup career. She has seven top-10 finishes in 180 career starts and is currently 28th in the standings, the lowest in her Cup career. She won the …read more

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