Stewart loses co-primary sponsor Office Depot

Stewart loses co-primary sponsor Office Depot

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HAMPTON, GA - SEPTEMBER 02: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 2, 2012 in Hampton, Georgia.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on September 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM

HAMPTON, Ga.  -- Tony Stewart will be looking for another co-primary sponsor after it was announced Office Depot won't be returning in 2013.

The news came from team spokesman Mike Arning on Sunday, shortly before the defending Sprint Cup champion started from the pole in the NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Mobil 1 is set to return as a primary backer for about half the races next year, but Stewart will have to find someone to pick up the rest of the tab for his No. 14 car. The three-time Cup champion also is searching for sponsorship on Stewart-Haas Racing's second car, the No. 39 machine driven by Ryan Newman. The U.S. Army is dropping out.

Office Depot praised Stewart but says it's leaving NASCAR because of "the changing business landscape.”

 

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