A large piece of the sponsorship puzzle at Stewart-Haas Racing for 2013 has been found.
SHR announced Tuesday that Quicken Loans was upping its commitment next year and will sponsor Ryan Newman in 18 races after being the primary sponsor for nine this season. Earlier in the year, the US Army, which has been with Newman since he arrived at Stewart-Haas and sponsored 12 races this season, announced that it wouldn't be returning in 2013. Originally a free agent at the end of the season, Newman signed a one-year deal to remain with the team for 2013.
In September, Office Depot, sponsor of defending Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart in 22 races this season, announced that it wouldn't be returning to Stewart's car in 2013. While that looks to leave a gaping hood on Stewart's car, indications are that Bass Pro Shops will replace Office Depot. Bass Pro currently serves as the primary sponsor for Jamie McMurray at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Newman could also have a new crew next year, as his crew, including crew chief Tony Gibson, could move to the No. 10 of Danica Patrick as she runs a full Sprint Cup Series schedule. She's one driver that sponsorship isn't an issue for at Stewart-Haas; she's all set with GoDaddy for the entire season.