Stewart-Haas Racing Switching to Ford in 2017by Kyle Pokrefky February 24, 2016 0 comments
Two-time championship-winning organization Stewart-Haas Racing announced that they are to run Ford Fusions in the Sprint Cup Series in 2017.
The organization that field cars for Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart revealed their intentions of switching manufacturers on Wednesday morning.
The team will build their own chassis in 2017 and will compete utilizing Roush-Yates engines.
With the move, the team will join Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Front Row Motorsports, Wood Brothers Racing and Go FAS Racing as the manufacturer’s full-time Sprint Cup teams.
“We are thrilled to be able to add a championship-level team like Stewart-Haas Racing to our Ford NASCAR program,” Raj Nair, Ford Motor Company’s executive vice president and Chief Technical Officer, said. “Tony Stewart and Gene Haas have the same passion for winning that we do, and bring a strong stable of drivers and personnel that fit into what we’re trying to do in the sport.”
“We have said very clearly that we are not in NASCAR just to race, but to win races and championships,” added Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We believe the addition of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 will give our program a major boost in terms of being in contention for both drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships every year.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s move to Ford is expected to boost the long-term stability of the organization by allowing its employees to devote more energy into building their equipment.
From this year on back, SHR received both chassis and engines from multi-time championship winning Chevrolet organization Hendrick Motorsports.
“I am proud of our association with Chevrolet as they helped build our organization into the team it is today,” Stewart, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing, said. “This new partnership with Ford allows us to strengthen our position in the sport and ensure the long-term stability and success for everyone who is a part of Stewart-Haas Racing.”
“Motorsports is an extremely challenging environment where in order to maintain success you have to constantly innovate. It’s true in NASCAR and it’s true in business,” Gene Haas, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing, added. “We’ve enjoyed great success with Chevrolet, but this opportunity with Ford allows us to evolve while continuing to compete at the highest levels of the sport.”
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