The addition of Kurt Busch to the racing stable of Stewart-Haas is official. Busch joins car owner Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick all under one roof. They won't be lacking for personality, that's for sure. One of the questions has to be: How on earth will they all get along?
Tony Stewart has had his run in's with the media. Kurt Busch's cost him a ride not too long ago. Danica and Happy aren't exactly wallflowers that will let the other two walk all over them. A review of not so ancient history shows that Harvick and Busch were once bitter rivals. How will it all work?
"You know, I got a bunch of phone calls, of course, in the last couple weeks." Busch said yesterday. "The last one before I came in here today was Kevin Harvick. 10 years ago we weren't in a place in our careers to do this. We've had different roads we've been on, but at the same time they've paralleled one another because we were rookies together."
Busch added "I think we're in a great spot in our careers now to join another fierce competitor such as Tony, and to look up to Tony as our co-owner with Gene, and to know that our spot here is to build these four cars together and to make them as fast as we can.
That's what made this opportunity for me so unique is the people that are involved and the teammates that I will have to work with. Harvick is a fierce competitor that knows how to get the most out of his car. Tony is the same way. If I can give Zipadelli some notes on the feedback that I'm feeling to have another little small thing to give us an advantage, I've always prided myself in trying to make the crew chief's job easier. This structure here is structured around the crew chief operating the team. That's what makes it an even better fit.
Harvick and I in the past, Tony even, we are now in a better spot in our careers to be able to do this."
The folks building the race machines at SHR better hope so. There could be some tore up metal on a typical Monday morning at the race shop.