Stewart-Haas Racing leaving Chevrolet for Ford in 2017 – USA TODAY
Stewart-Haas Racing will switch engine manufacturers from Chevrolet to Ford beginning with the 2017 season.
The surprise move, announced by Ford Performance, will add the two-time Sprint Cup title team to a contingent of Team Penske, Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, the Wood Brothers and Front Row Motorsports.
SHR, which currently is supplied engines by Hendrick Motorsports, the flagship of the Chevrolet fleet, will deploy power plants prepared by Roush Yates Engines beginning in SpeedWeeks 2017.
“We are thrilled to be able to add a championship-level team like Stewart-Haas Racing to our Ford NASCAR program,” Raj Nair, executive vice president and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company, said in a release. “(SHR co-owners) Tony Stewart and Gene Haas have the same passion for winning that we do, and bring a strong stable of drivers and personnel that fit into what we’re trying to do in the sport.”
SHR’s 2017 lineup will be comprised of former series champions Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch – who won Ford’s last Cup championship with RFR in 2004 – Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer, who will replace the retiring Stewart.
The team was founded in 2009 when Haas, the founder of one of the world’s largest machine tool building businesses, offered Stewart an equity stake in his middling Sprint Cup team. They immediately flourished together, with Stewart winning his most recent Cup title in 2011 and Harvick coming aboard to captured his first crown at NASCAR’s highest level in his first season with the team in 2014.
The organization, emboldened by Haas’ wealth and ambition, had signed Patrick to begin her full-time Cup career in 2013 and in another unexpected move, added a fourth team for Busch beginning in 2014. Haas will begin competition in the Formula 1 series this season.