Kurt Busch signs multi-year extension with Chip Ganassi Racing

SPARTA, KENTUCKY - JULY 13: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, applies the winner's sticker in Victory Lane after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 13, 2019 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Chip Ganassi Racing announced Saturday they have signed a multi-year extension for Kurt Busch to return as the driver of the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro. The extension includes continuing sponsorship with the Monster Energy Brand.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be making this announcement,” Chip Ganassi said. “We have developed a great relationship with Rodney Sacks (CEO) and everyone at Monster. We look forward to this partnership lasting for a very long time. As for Kurt, I must say that I have been nothing but impressed with him both in and outside of the car. He has such great instincts behind the wheel, has been tremendous with all of our partners and everyone on the shop floor feeds off his intensity on the track and his enthusiasm off it.”

In his first season with CGR, Busch has one race win and made the NASCAR Playoffs. Overall the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion has 31 race victories.

“Chip made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse!” Busch said. “For me personally, it is the fun and refreshing atmosphere working with Matt McCall and all the team here at Chip Ganassi Racing. All signs pointed toward, ’let’s keep going; let’s keep winning.’ It has also been the fans, continuing to work with Monster Energy, the chance to be part of the Next Gen car introduction in 2021, along with building on our successes in 2019 that together makes it an easy decision to continue here at Chip Ganassi Racing. Monster has been with me for nearly a decade and they are so much fun to work with; it is just a natural fit. The outreach of fans to me this year has been inspiring to hear all of them encourage me to keep racing.  Additionally, I have enjoyed sending veterans and active-duty military to the races this year through our relationship with VetTix.org. This is a chance for me to continue being part of something that I have really enjoyed.”

Greg Engle