CONCORD, N.C. - After weeks and perhaps months of speculation about Kasey Kahne's future at Hendrick Motorsports, the team announced Monday that Kahne will not return to the team next season.

In a press release, Hendrick Motorsports said that Kahne's six-year run as driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet will come to an end after the 2017 campaign.

"Kasey has worked extremely hard," said team owner Rick Hendrick. "He's a tremendous teammate and person, and he has been totally dedicated to our program since day one. I've always believed that he's a special talent, and I know he will thrive in the right situation. We will do everything we can to finish this season as strong as we can."

The 37-year-old Enumclaw, Washington native has won six races since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, including this year's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. He was originally signed by Hendrick in 2010, nearly a full two years before he ever made his debut at Daytona in February 2012.

"I'd like to thank Rick and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for their hard work and dedication, along with providing me a great opportunity and success over the last six years," said Kahne. "We won six races together and I'm coming off one of the biggest wins of my career at the Brickyard, which has given the (No.) 5 team a lot of momentum heading into the playoffs."

Hendrick Motorsports did not announce Kahne's replacement and said it will release its 2018 plans at a later date. Kahne currently sits 19th in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points and is qualified for the playoffs by virtue of his win at Indianapolis.