CONCORD, N.C. – Kurt Busch and primary sponsor Monster Energy will join Chip Ganassi Racing for the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
The news comes just a few days after Busch confirmed he would not return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2019 after five years with the team.
“I am tremendously proud to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing and the prestigious group of alumni,” said Busch. “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.”
Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion, will take over driving duties of the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 most recently driven by Jamie McMurray with Monster Energy serving as a primary sponsor on the car.
“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.”
Busch has scored 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories during his career, including winning the 2017 Daytona 500 while driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. In addition to his lengthy career in NASCAR, Busch has also dabbled in other forms of motorsports by competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and in the Indianapolis 500.
“Monster is super happy to get onboard with Chip Ganassi Racing and Kurt Busch,” said Mitch Covington, vice president of Sports Marketing, Monster Beverage Co. “Kurt has been a Monster Energy athlete for several years now and we were glad to see him team up with another strong team. I believe Kurt and the team will win a lot of races and we will have a lot of fun.”
Ganassi would later say that he expects McMurray, who has spent most of his NASCAR career driving for the veteran car owner, to remain with the team in some fashion.
“Well, first of all, I do expect Jamie to stick around, yes. And as we talked about, we are going to have some announcements forthcoming on that subject,” Ganassi said.