Busch will join team co-owner Tony Stewart along with drivers Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick.
“Stewart-Haas Racing has proven itself to be a very competitive race team. Every team wants to win, but the preparation and resources Gene Haas and Tony Stewart and everyone at SHR put into their racecars each and every week is incredible,” Busch said in a statement. “This is the kind of situation every driver wants to be in, and I’m grateful to Gene Haas and Haas Automation for providing me this opportunity. I didn’t think anyone wanted to win as much as me until I met Gene Haas.”
Busch has raced for Furniture Row Racing this season and is currently 12th in points.
“Kurt Busch is a premier talent, one who gives you the opportunity to win races every week and contend for a championship every year,” Haas said. “When he became available, we seized the opportunity to make him a part of Stewart-Haas Racing. This is an organization built on winning, and Haas Automation is a company built on performance. Kurt embodies each of those qualities, and it’s why we’re investing in his abilities.”
Busch moved to Penske Racing at the end of 2005 after making his debut with Roush-Fenway Racing. His career has been marked with several emotional outbursts which have landed the driver in hot water on more than one occasion. His departure from Penske was aided by an incident when Busch swore at an ESPN reporter. NASCAR fined Busch $50,000 for the incident and Busch and the team agreed to part ways. Busch then signed with Furniture Row for 2013.
“I’ve had a tremendous amount of respect for Kurt’s talent and determination for as long as he’s been racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Kurt is extremely knowledgeable, and his input will make all of Stewart-Haas Racing better,” said Stewart, still recovering from a broken right tibia and fibula suffered in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
“When Gene Haas laid out his plans for what he wanted to do in regard to this race team’s future, which included bringing Kurt on board in a fourth car, it was impressive. You can’t stand still in this business. You have to constantly improve. Gene’s investment in this race team ensures the success of Stewart-Haas Racing for many years to come.”
The team said work has already begun on the physical expansion of SHR. Land adjacent to the team’s existing 140,000-squarefoot facility is being cleared for construction of a building that will house research and development, a state-of-the-art pit fitness and training center, and multipurpose space for SHR partners.