The NASCAR Silly Season is filled with rumours and speculations. One of those rumours has officially been confirmed on December 4 when Chip Ganassi Racing has named the replaceent for Jamie McMurray who had announced that he would not be returning to drive the number one car for 2019.
Busch and Ganassi have agreed to a one year deal but that deal can/may be extended depending on Busch’s performance during the 2019 racing season.
During his career as a Monster Energy Cup Series driver, Kurt Busch has won 30 races including the Daytona 500 and was crowned the champion in 2004. The 2019 racing season will mark Busch’s 20th season as a professional driver.
Busch will be teammates with Kyle Larson.
Speaking on his new ride; Busch said, “this is a tremendous opportunity to go out and win races, to have a shot at the championship and to use my experience that I’ve gained over all these years with a group like Chip Ganassi Racing.”
Along with driving the number one car, car owner Chip Ganassi has also left the door open for Kurt Busch to drive any of Ganassi’s other cars – an Indy car in the Indianapolis 500 or the Rolex 24 hours race at Daytona. “All of our cars are available to all of our drivers,” said Ganassi.
As for the former driver of the number one car, Jamie McMurray’s future is still unsettled but Chip Ganassi is hoping that McMurray will stay on with the company; perhaps in a managerial role.
In other driver news..
Obaika Racing has announced that Tanner Berryhill will become the full time driver of the number 97 car. Berryhill moves up to Monster Cup from the Xfinity Series.
Speaking on Berryhill; car owner Victor Obaika said, “Tanner is a very intelligent and motivated young man, and I am very excited to what he can accomplish during his rookie season.”