After five seasons in the No. 41 car at Stewart-Haas Racing, Kurt Busch will move to the seat of the No. 1 car of Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2019 season.
On Tuesday Busch, Monster Energy and Chip Ganassi Racing all announced on social media of the move.
Busch, the 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, won six races including the 2017 Daytona 500 at SHR. He will replace Jamie McMurray in the No. 1 car.
McMurray does not have a ride for the 2019 season but has an offer from CGR to run the Daytona 500.
“I am tremendously proud to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing and the prestigious group of alumni,” Busch said in a team release. “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.”
Prior to joining SHR, Busch drove for Furnitre Row in 2013 and part of the 2012 season. He also drove for James Finch and Penske Racing after beginning his career with Roush Racing.
“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,” team owner Ganassi said in a news release. “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.”