Ford Wants Kurt Busch Driving a Blue Oval For ‘Years To Come’

Photo by Harold Hinson/Harold Hinson Photographer

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

Although Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is waiting on word from co-primary sponsor Monster Energy for its plans regarding the No. 41 car and Kurt Busch going forward, Ford Motor Company and more specifically, Ford Performance, wants to have the 2017 Daytona 500 winner in the Blue Oval Camp for a long time.

Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance, made it pretty clear that Ford expects Busch to be driving ones its racecars and not one of its competitors. He added he isn’t worried about the ongoing contract situation between Busch and SHR.

 

Kurt Busch during qualifying at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/Harold Hinson Photography)

“We have every intention of keeping Kurt and putting him in a Ford next year and years to come,” Pericak told Kickin’ the Tires. “I know people want to read into it, they wanna, they want to have all kinds of rumors and whatnot. All I can say is we want him in the car, we are working it out. I am sure we’ll get it done.”

Pericak said Ford is no stranger to contract negotiations between drivers, teams and sponsors so this doesn’t phase him. However, he does believe the sport is going through a “reset” of sorts and the money aspect is changing.

“I think the situation in the sport is interesting right now because I think there is a bit of a reset going on,” he said. “All you are seeing right now, is we are working things out.

“I just think sponsors aren’t as prevalent as they used to be and there is a lot of resetting that is going on with everyone’s expectations and, sort of, working through the details of a contract.”

This past week, Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing and co-sponsor through his company Haas Automation, said he was “optimistic” that Busch would be back in the fold but he was waiting on sponsor commitments.

At the present time, Busch said he is a “free agent” and has been actively discussing his future with other teams.

Monster Energy has been mum on their future plans with Busch and the No. 41 car but company representatives have repeatedly told Kickin’ the Tires, they were loyal to Busch. 

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