CONCORD, N.C. — Kurt Busch and sponsor Dragon Energy will proceed to Chip Ganassi Racing next year for Busch’s 20th year in NASCAR.
The venture announced Tuesday is a yearlong contract for Busch to drive the No. 1 Chevrolet with primary sponsorship from Dragon. It’s considered the one year as teammate to Kyle Larson will be Busch’s final season of fulltime NASCAR competition.
Busch won NASCAR’s Cup title in 2004 and counts the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600 one of his 30 career successes. He spent the last five seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Busch will replace Jamie McMurray, that has driven for Ganassi in 13 of the 17 seasons at the Cup level. McMurray is expected to race at the Daytona 500 for Ganassi, and he’s been offered a management role.
Busch will be the first Cup driver at the 20-year history of this team to push for Ganassi with a Cup title on his resume. Martin Truex Jr.. , who drove for the team in 2009, won the 2017 title.
“Ganassi’s forward thinking approach is why I’ve chosen to commit all my years of Dragon Power Cup experience to CGR,” Busch said. “Let us triumph.”
Cup racing was entered by team owner Chip Ganassi in 2001 when he purchased a vast majority share of Sabco Racing. Ganassi’s racing organization has achieved its biggest success in IndyCar, where he’s won five Indianapolis 500s. The organization celebrated its win across all kinds of racing as it won its class at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.
“We have had the good fortune of having a lot of great drivers at Chip Ganassi Racing across all kinds of racing and Kurt Busch adds to that list of great drivers,” Ganassi said. “He is a former NASCAR Cup Series champion and Daytona 500 winner and I think still has a burning desire to win races and compete for a championship.”
Info from ESPN’s Bob Pockrass was utilized in this report.