- David Newton, ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter
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"Yes, and it has been (the plan) since we signed Danica (Patrick),'' Stewart said during a Tuesday conference call.
Stewart has been adamant about retaining Newman, whose contract is up after this season, to compete at SHR with himself and Patrick, if sponsorship can be found. Patrick plans to move to a full Cup schedule in 2013 after driving her first full Nationwide Series schedule this year.
"We're still working on it,'' Stewart said of finding sponsors to keep Newman. "It's definitely a setback (losing Army), but we're still pushing forward and doing everything we can to get that done.''
Army will be on Newman's car for 12 races this season. In addition, the No. 39 car has sponsorship from Outback Steakhouse, Quicken Loans, Tornados, Wix and Aspen Dental. Haas Automation, owned by SHR co-owner Gene Haas, also sponsors some races.
"You know, it was definitely a huge disappointment that we were going to lose the U.S. Army,'' Stewart said. "... We have not lost a lot of partners. We are going to miss out having them on board next year.
"But I still think (sponsorship is) coming around. There's a lot of new companies that we are seeing in the sport, and we are seeing that in our organization. So we are not giving up hope and throwing in the towel thinking that we are losing one sponsor. We are going to hopefully be able to try to find somebody else.''
Tony Stewart still plans to field three Sprint Cup cars at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2013 despite the loss of U.S. Army as the primary sponsor for Ryan Newman.