Kurt Busch Energized By Move To Chip Ganassi's NASCAR Team

2004 NASCAR Cup Champion Driving The No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro

Scott Stiller
February 17, 2019 - 8:49 am
Kurt Busch's No. 1 Monster Energy Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro

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Daytona Beach, FL (93.7 The Fan) -- 2004 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kurt Busch is the newest member of Chip Ganassi’s NASCAR team. Busch moves over to CGR after spending the past five seasons at Stewart Haas Racing.

“We’ve been talking about it for a couple of years actually,” revealed Busch.  “When the timing was right, I flew up to Pittsburgh, met with Chip at his headquarters and it took a half hour over a cup of coffee.  It was so simple and so easy.”

Busch began racing at the age of 14 with his dad Tom and his younger brother Kyle also races in NASCAR for Joe Gibbs.  The pairing of Busch and Ganassi, a former driver himself, has the makeup of a powerful one as both men are racers to their core.

“The way he goes about his racing teams, I love it,” exclaimed Busch!  “I love his passion, his commitment to motorsports and he knows a driver can make a big difference in his cars.”

Busch, the 2017 Daytona 500 Champion, is driving the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro and says it’s been a smooth transition to the Ganassi team so far.

“I would say 'so far, so good',” said Busch.  “Everything is going good right now and we’ve had some luck as well so hopefully that will continue into Sunday and we’ll have a shot at the Daytona 500”.

Busch is expecting a battle from Ford, who is racing the Mustang in the Cup Series this year.

“The Fords still have an advantage when it comes to restrictor plate racing,” said Busch.  “I came from the Ford camp last year, they know how to win by numbers.  We just have to encourage our guys to, not necessarily throw away the ego, but just work together as much as you can 95-percent of the time and then at the end, every man for himself.”

Busch also expects the weather to play a factor in the race as well.

“I think the temperatures are going to be the biggest thing,” said Busch.  “I’m hopeful, like the forecast says, it’s going to be 80 (degrees) and sunny, that will make track warmer.  The good handling cars, which I’m hoping our team and myself are able to dial in, will be able to make some moves and passes and the cream will be able to rise to the top.”

Busch will be teammates with Kyle Larson, who returns to the No. 42 Credit One Bank Camaro for ’19, and is looking forward to working with him.

“I think Kyle Larson is a future Champion in our sport,” said Busch.  “He goes off the seat of his pants but runs hard and runs good.  Sometimes you don’t have to work as hard, you got to work a little bit smarter.  He’s got 99-percent of the tools and we’ve just got to give him that last one-percent and that way he can finish these races and win them.”

Busch said he likes Larson’s approach and how he balances his personal life with the racing, something Busch has found with his wife Ashley.

“Ashley is incredible,” said Busch.  “She loves the racing.  She loves the travel.  Each and every week we’re traveling to a different track, a different state and meeting race fans, having dinner with sponsors and it’s a fun tour to be on and you’ve got to have your support system behind you.”

Week one of the tour started this month at Daytona, where Busch would like pick-up his, and Ganassi’s, second Harley J. Earl trophy.

“I would love to deliver a win for Ganassi,” said Busch.  “It’s been almost a decade since they won the Daytona 500.  To start off with such a big bang with a new team, I’d love it!”

Listen to the entire interview with Kurt Busch here:  

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