It was a news story that few in NASCAR expected. Wednesday Stewart-Hass Racing announced the four car team would be switching their manufacturing allegiances in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017. Under a multiyear agreement with Ford the team will raced under the blue oval starting next season and the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing team will race the Ford Fusion with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.
SHR has raced with Chevrolet since the team’s founding in 2003. Likewise Stewart has raced with Chevy for over 20 years winning three NASCAR Cup titles and scoring 48 victories in NASCAR’s top tier series. Wednesday shortly after the announcement Stewart and co-owner Gene Haas along with Ford executives met with the media via a teleconference. Stewart was quick to acknowledge the team’s relationship with Hendrick Motorsports, one of NASCAR’s most powerful organizations. Hendrick has been providing engines and chassis to SHR, all with support from Chevrolet.
“First and foremost, I want to recognize our relationship and successes with Chevrolet,” Stewart, who is recovering from injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident on January 31, said. “They’ve been an awesome partner and we’ve done a lot of special things together, including two championships and a ton of races. We hope to do that again this year.”