Smithfield Leaving RPM To Join Stewart Haas

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Smithfield Foods will move from Richard Petty Motorsports over to Stewart Haas Racing beginning next year. (NASCAR photo)

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Smithfield Foods Inc., a global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, announced Tuesday morning it will join Stewart-Haas Racing as a primary team sponsor beginning in 2018.

Smithfield made the announcement via their Facebook page.

“We’re excited to announce today that Smithfield Foods will join Stewart-Haas Racing as a primary team sponsor beginning in 2018,” the company said in their official statement on Facebook. “The decision to leave Richard Petty Motorsports and join Stewart-Haas Racing was difficult but we feel this move will improve our competitiveness on the track and strengthen our position as a leading consumer packaged goods company.”

Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018, will be provided at a later date.

“We’re very proud to have Smithfield Foods join the Stewart-Haas Racing family,” said Brett Frood, president of SHR. “Smithfield has activated heavily and successfully within the sport, and we’re honored to be a part of the brand’s forward initiatives and strategy. Although we’re not ready to announce the full details of the program, we look forward to this new endeavor while remaining focused on the upcoming playoffs and putting forth the best effort possible to win more races and contend for another championship.”

With the departure of Smithfield Foods from RPM, the team is left without a confirmed primary sponsor for the 2018 season. Smithfield has been a primary sponsor of Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 team since 2012.

CREDIT: Smithfield & Stewart Haas Racing

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