By Michael Eubanks
One of NASCAR’s most colorful drivers will have a new home in 2019, and he’s taking his sponsor with him.
2004 Cup Series champion Kurt Busch announced on Tuesday that he will pilot the No. 1 Chevrolet next season for Chip Ganassi Racing, with longtime sponsor Monster Energy in tow.
The announcement comes just two days after Busch announced on Twitter that he would not return to Stewart-Haas racing next year after five seasons with the team.
“I am tremendously proud to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing and the prestigious group of alumni. 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 said in a statement.
Kyle Larson, Busch’s new teammate, expressed enthusiasm to have the veteran driver join his team.
“Excited to have @KurtBusch as a teammate. I’ve always believed he’s one of the most talented drivers on this planet. Going to be fun!” Larson Tweeted.
The 40-year-old driver will replace Jamie McMurray, who had previously driven the No. 1 car since 2010. The Associated Press reports that McMurray will likely race in the Daytona 500 for Ganassi next year and has been offered an advisory role with the team.
The first points-paying race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will be the 61st annual Daytona 500 on February 17.