BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kurt Busch addressed reports Friday that he may leave Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing following the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
The report by Motorsport.com claims that Busch, 40, is expected to leave SHR and replace Jamie McMurray beginning in 2019.
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A spokesperson for Chip Ganassi Racing said that the organization does not publicly discuss driver contract discussions. A spokesperson from SHR said that “Stewart-Haas Racing does not comment on the status of its contracts, be it driver or partner related. We appreciate your understanding.”
Busch did not confirm nor deny the reports after Friday’s Busch Pole qualifying session at Michigan International Speedway.
“I’m talking to a bunch of teams out there,” Busch said. “There’s nothing that’s been signed and whatever has been reported is all hearsay.”
In 163 starts since 2014 with SHR, Busch has earned five wins, 34 top fives and 81 top-10 finishes, including a Daytona 500 victory in 2017. The team signed him to a one-year extension for this season late in 2017.
McMurray is reported to be in the final year of his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing. Currently in his 16th full-time season, the 42-year-old has earned four wins with CGR since 2010, including the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in 2010. His most recent victory came at Talladega Superspeedway in 2013.