Obaika Racing to compete fulltime in NASCAR Cup Series in 2019

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The 40-year-old will be the first driver to race for Ganassi with a NASCAR Cup title to his name. "I'm looking forward to the future & new opportunities ahead!"

Busch's replacement behind the wheel of the #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has not yet been named, but Daniel Suarez has emerged as the likely candidate to drive that auto next season. "In addition, getting to work with and represent a brand like Monster Energy makes it even that much more exciting".

Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion, will drive the No. 1 Chevrolet as he moves over from Stewart-Haas Racing.

Busch will replace Jamie McMurray, who has driven for Ganassi in 13 of his 17 seasons at the Cup level.

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The Cardinals finished third in the National League Central last season, behind the Brewers and Cubs and ahead of the Pirates. In his eight-year career, the right-handed hitter has batted.270/.387/.479 with eight home runs in 44 games against them.

Today Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced a partnership with Monster Energy, for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season. Busch will compete in his 20th season in the MENCS during the 2019 campaign. He has 30-career wins in 648 races, driving for teams including Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske, Phoenix Racing, Furniture Row Racing, and SHR.

· A Monster Lifestyle: Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. McMurray is expected to race in the Daytona 500 for Ganassi, and he's been offered a management role with the team.

In his five seasons behind the wheel of the No. 41 at Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch won six times and at least once per year. He also has five Xfinity Series victories and four Truck Series triumphs. "I believe Kurt and the team will win a lot of races and we will have a lot of fun". Kurt has been a Monster Energy athlete for several years now and we were glad to see him team up with another strong team. "He is a former NASCAR Cup Series champion and Daytona 500 victor and I believe still has a burning desire to win races and compete for a championship".

"Ganassi's forward thinking approach is why I have chose to commit all my years of Monster Energy Cup experience to CGR", Busch said. "I was fighting for one of the [open] rides".

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