Stewart-Haas Racing announced Tuesday that Smithfield will be a primary sponsor in 2018.
Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup, will be announced at a later date.
Smithfield had been with Richard Petty Motorsports since 2012.
“We’re very proud to have Smithfield Foods join the Stewart-Haas Racing family,” said Brett Frood, president, 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.”
On its Facebook page, Smithfield stated:
“We’re excited to announce today that Smithfield Foods will join Stewart-Haas Racing as a primary team sponsor beginning in 2018.
“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.
“Further details of our agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing will be provided at a later date.”