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SportIt's finally happening: Kurt Busch to drive No. 1 car at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019

20:30  04 december  2018
20:30  04 december  2018 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Kurt Busch: Ganassi's 'streamlined' 2-car program was appealing

Kurt Busch: Ganassi's 'streamlined' 2-car program was appealing Kurt Busch says his move to the Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR Cup series team for 2019 was made appealing by it being "streamlined" two-car outfit. Busch has left a four-car Stewart-Haas Racing squad spearheaded by 2018 title contender Kevin Harvick to make the switch. The new Ganassi recruit will partner Kyle Larson in 2019, replacing Jamie McMurray. The smaller operation means Busch will have more resources available to him than he would in a larger outfit.

It has also been reported that both Busch and Monster Energy are set to join Chip Ganassi Racing in the 2019 season. Through the first 22 races of this season, McMurray has racked up just one top five finish, a third place finish in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, and four top

Kurt Busch is one of the biggest names floating around in NASCAR Silly Season rumors for 2019 Could changing from one greybeard to another in the No . 1 Chevrolet be a boon to Chip Ganassi — Adam Stern (@A_ S 12) August 9, 2018. Chip Ganassi Racing definitely has a decision to make with

It's finally happening: Kurt Busch to drive No. 1 car at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019© Provided by Oath Inc. Kurt Busch (41) during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Kurt Busch’s arrival at Chip Ganassi Racing is about to be officially official.

Busch’s long-expected signing with the team was announced Tuesday. He’ll join Kyle Larson at CGR and replaces Jamie McMurray in the team’s No. 1 car. Sponsor Monster is going to CGR with Busch.

Busch moves over from Stewart-Haas Racing and he officially said goodbye to that team on Sunday. He’s driven for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2014 and has made the playoffs in every season with SHR.

Making the playoffs will be a tougher ask at CGR. The No. 1 car has struggled, though it’s fair to wonder just how much of those struggles had to do with the driver and not the team. McMurray has just one win since the end of the 2010 season and has never finished inside the top 10 of the points standings in his Cup Series career. Larson, meanwhile, has finished inside the top 10 in each of the past three seasons. He’s also led 2,134 laps over the past two seasons. McMurray has led fewer than 1,900 laps in his 16-season Cup Series career.

Kurt Busch hopes to ‘have an announcement soon’ on where he’ll race

Kurt Busch hopes to ‘have an announcement soon’ on where he’ll race Kurt Busch says he feels 'confident on where things will go' for a ride in 2019.

Despite rumors that Kurt Busch will join Chip Ganassi Racing next season, he RELATED: Report: McMurray out of No . 1 in 2019 . The contract limbo has become familiar territory for Busch in recent years. “ It ’ s all the same stuff that I’ve been through before, and I don’t look at it like a (distraction)

— Kurt Busch (@ KurtBusch ) December 3, 2018. The 2004 Monster Energy Series champion is leaving SHR after compiling six victories there, including the 2017 Daytona 500 with crew chief Tony Gibson. Many reports have Busch linked to the open No . 1 ride at Chip Ganassi Racing , but there

Busch, 40, came up to the Cup Series full time in 2001 with Roush Fenway Racing and won the 2004 Cup Series title with the team. He moved from Roush to Penske in 2006 after a falling out with Roush in 2005 and stayed with Penske through the 2011 season.

Busch’s temper got the best of him at the end of the 2011 season and he spent most of the 2012 season driving for Phoenix Racing. He then moved to Furniture Row Racing toward the end of the season and spent the 2013 season there before joining SHR.

McMurray does not have a ride lined up for 2019 and Ganassi has offered him a ride in the Daytona 500. SHR has not filled the No. 41 car that Busch has occupied. The top contender for that car is considered to be Daniel Suarez, who lost his ride at Joe Gibbs Racing when the team signed Martin Truex Jr.

Kurt Busch will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2019

Kurt Busch will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2019 After five seasons at Stewart-Haas Racing, Kurt Busch is moving on for the 2019 season. The driver announced as much in a Sunday night tweet, with both the official team Twitter account and team co-owner Tony Stewart chiming in as well. “I would like to thank Stewart-Haas for 5 fantastic years,” Busch said in part (see full tweet below). pic.twitter.com/iMIP8n9DSl — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) December 3, 2018 The 2004 Monster Energy Series champion is leaving SHR after compiling six victories there, including the 2017 Daytona 500 with crew chief Tony Gibson. Many reports have Busch linked to the open No.

Veteran driver Jamie McMurray' s 2018 season with Chip Ganassi Racing will be his last, according to published reports from the Associated Press. Both McMurray and Kurt Busch had previously declined to address speculation that Busch was being targeted to fill the No . 1 ride beginning in 2019 .

It is late, but I still feel confident on where things will go.” Asked about what he’ s looking forward to in 2019 , Busch said: “Just the opportunity to have a Reports have him as the favorite to take over the No . 1 car at Chip Ganassi Racing with Monster Energy following him as a sponsor for some races .

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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