Kurt Busch, Monster Energy move to Chip Ganassi Racing for 2019 NASCAR season
Kurt Busch is taking his talents and sponsor to Chip Ganassi Racing next year.
The 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion has taken his Monster Energy sponsorship to Ganassi and will drive the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro, replacing veteran Jamie McMurray.
"We have had the good fortune of having a lot of great drivers here at Chip Ganassi Racing across all forms of racing, and Kurt Busch adds to that list of great drivers," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "He is a former NASCAR Cup Series champion and Daytona 500 winner and I believe still has a burning desire to win races and compete for a championship. In addition, getting to work with and represent a brand like Monster Energy makes it even that much more exciting."
In his five seasons behind the wheel of the No. 41 at Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch won six times and at least once per year. He finished seventh in the standings in both 2016 and 2018 -- coming close to a championship race berth last month.
He also won the 2017 Daytona 500 for team owners Gene Haas and Tony Stewart.
Busch has amassed 30 victories, 137 top-fives, 280 top-10s and 27 poles across 638 starts at NASCAR’s highest level. He previously drove for Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske and Furniture Row Racing. He also has five Xfinity Series victories and four Truck Series triumphs.
"I am tremendously proud to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing and the prestigious group of alumni," said Busch of the move. "Along with Monster Energy, winning races and competing at the highest level, it’s what we are all about. Ganassi’s forward-thinking approach is why I have decided to commit all my years of Monster Energy Cup experience to CGR. Let’s win, let’s have fun."