Kurt Busch told reporters after qualifying that he has not signed anything for 2019 amid a Friday report that he and sponsor Monster Energy will join Chip Ganassi Racing next season to drive the No.1 Chevy Camaro.
“I’m talking to a bunch of teams out there,” Busch said as he left pit road in a video captured by Autoweek. There’s nothing that’s been signed and whatever has been reported is all hearsay.”
Both CGR and the team Busch currently drives for, Stewart-Haas Racing, have offered no comment on the report.
Neither organization speaks publicly on such matters, and Jamie McMurray, when also approached Friday, said he does not discuss contracts.
Busch, who joined SHR in 2014, was signed to a one-year extension at Stewart-Haas Racing in December after the option on his contract was not picked up over the summer. Busch has five wins in the No. 41 and has made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.
After signing his one-year deal, Busch said people shouldn’t assume 2018 would be his final season.
“”I wouldn’t assume that [it’s my last contract],”Busch said in January during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Media Tour.
“There are many balls in the air, but you have to be smart this day in age, and you can’t just have one plan because things change quickly.”
According to the Associated Press, Chip Ganassi said Friday there is no deal in place with Busch and, “I want Jamie McMurray back on my team.”