"It leaves us without a sponsor right now. It is a big void. It is unfortunate. It's part of life. It's part of a bad economy," said Stewart of decision, announced last weekend. "It was a hard decision for them to have to back away from it.
"I'm appreciative of everything Office Depot has done for us, they were the first company to come on board when we started this deal," added Stewart. I understand as a business owner what they are faced with. You can't blame them. I understand 100 per cent why they had to do what they had to do."
Stewart concedes that with Office Depot and the US Army no longer supporting the team, committing to re-signing Newman is something of a financial risk.
“It is, but, it is something that is important to me," he said. "It was important obviously to Ryan. It was important to people on our team to get him re-signed. I'm just glad we got it done right now."