Stewart-Haas Racing Entering XFINITY Series in 2017by Kyle Pokrefky July 25, 2016 0 comments
Stewart-Haas Racing’s move to Ford next year will be partnered by an expansion to the NASCAR XFINITY Series for its 2017 season.
The four-car, championship-winning organization in the Sprint Cup Series is set to field a single car full-time in the second-tier series next year.
A driver and sponsor for the team’s 2017 effort will be announced prior to the end of the current season.
“In order to maintain the competitiveness that has earned SHR two championships since our debut in 2009, we needed an outlet to develop drivers and team personnel for the Sprint Cup Series,” Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition for Stewart-Haas Racing, said. “People make the difference between winning and losing. An XFINITY Series team gives us added depth that will allow us to promote from within whenever necessary.”
“An XFINITY Series team has always been something we would consider when the time was right, and that time is now,” Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas, added. “Staying successful in this sport means staying ahead of the curve, and having an XFINITY Series team provides an in-house driver development program and a new channel for personnel to make a positive impact with our race team.”
The team’s full-time drivers on the Sprint Cup side for 2017 will be Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick.
Cole Custer, son of Stewart-Haas’s executive vice president, Joe Custer, is expected to join the team’s move to Ford next season as well.
Custer previously drove for the Haas-owned Haas Racing Development outfit in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and presently drives for JR Motorsports in the Truck Series.
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