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Danica Patrick to fans on move to Ford: ‘You can’t be scared of it’

Stewart-Haas Racing's move to Ford from Chevrolet has consequences for Hendrick Motorsports. GM Doug Douchart said the companies will be as professional as they can in 2016.

Danica Patrick says that fans hesitant about Stewart-Haas Racing’s move from Chevrolet to Ford next season, shouldn’t be too worried.

“As a team they have to do whatever they feel is necessary to make sure the team performs at the highest level possible,’' Patrick said Thursday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “Change happens. It just does. You can’t be scared of it. You have to embrace it.

“You never know how good it can be until something changes sometimes. I’m open-minded but most of all I know the team is doing it to make our team better. Their goal is look after the longevity of it and to make sure we are in a position to win races.’'

Stewart-Haas Racing announced Wednesday morning that it would join Ford after this season. Stewart-Haas Racing receives engines, chassis and technical support from Hendrick Motorsports and will continue to do so this season. A Hendrick Motorsports executive admitted on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that it is “not business as usual” with SHR but pledged full support this season.

“Stewart-Haas is an incredible team,’' Patrick said. “Tony (Stewart) runs a great team, has a lot of great people working for him. I trust the team and their decisions and what they want to do.’'

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