Kurt Busch & Monster Extend With CGR

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Kurt Busch and Monster Energy have inked multi-year extensions with Chip Ganassi Racing. (HHP/Harold Hinson photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Chip Ganassi Racing announced Saturday that Kurt Busch has signed a multi-year extension to remain as the driver of the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro.

In addition, the team has also announced a multi-year extension to its partnership with Monster Energy.

Busch, a 31-time winner in NASCAR’s premier series, will look to build on his success with CGR after becoming both a race winner and playoff participant in 2019.

In just his first season with Chip Ganassi Racing, Busch extended his streak of winning at least one race per season in the Cup Series to six consecutive years.

Busch has won at least one Cup Series race in 16 of his 20 years of competition, and has also won a Cup Series race and claimed a pole on every type of track on which the series competes on – superspeedways, intermediates, short tracks and road courses.

“Chip made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse, and for me personally, it is the fun and refreshing atmosphere working with Matt McCall and all the team here at Chip Ganassi Racing that led to this,” Busch noted. “All signs pointed toward, ’let’s keep going; let’s keep winning,’ and that is what we intend to do. It has also been the fans, continuing to work with Monster Energy, the chance to be part of the Next Gen car introduction in 2021, along with building on our successes that together makes it an easy decision to continue here at Chip Ganassi Racing.

“Monster has been with me for nearly a decade and they are so much fun to work with; it is just a natural fit,” Busch added. “The outreach of fans to me this year has been inspiring to hear all of them encourage me to keep racing. Additionally I have enjoyed sending veterans and active-duty military to the races this year through our relationship with VetTix.org.

“This is a chance for me to continue being part of something that I have really enjoyed.”

Monster Energy has been a staple in the action sports world, sponsoring athletes, sporting events and musical acts and concerts, including a near decade-long relationship with Busch.

“We’re racing people at Monster Energy and we knew immediately that we had found fantastic racing partners in Chip Ganassi, Kurt Busch and all involved at Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Mitch Covington, Vice President of Sports Marketing for Monster Beverage Company. “NASCAR is a major part of who we are at Monster Energy and to be able to compete at a championship level with Kurt Busch and Chip Ganassi Racing truly reflects who we are and fires up our desire to not only win races, but to make a serious, all-in run at the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series title.”

Busch’s move to CGR yielded a victory earlier this summer at Kentucky Speedway, a win that came over his younger brother Kyle and propelled him into this year’s postseason.

Much like his driver, team owner Chip Ganassi is looking forward to the continuation of the partnerships with Busch and Monster for several years to come.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be making this announcement. We have developed a great relationship with Rodney Sacks (CEO) and everyone at Monster. We look forward to this partnership lasting for a very long time,” said Ganassi. “As for Kurt, I must say that I have been nothing but impressed with him both in and outside of the car. He has such great instincts behind the wheel, has been tremendous with all of our partners and everyone on the shop floor feeds off his intensity on the track and his enthusiasm off it.”