Stewart-Haas Racing to field Xfinity Series team
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - In addition to switching manufacturers in 2017, Stewart-Haas Racing will be joining the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
The championship-winning organization announced Monday that it would field a full-time, single-car team in the Xfinity Series.
"In order to maintain the competitiveness that has earned SHR two championships since our debut in 2009, we needed an outlet to develop drivers and team personnel for the Sprint Cup Series," said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition. "People make the difference between winning and losing.
The team's driver and sponsor lineup are expected to be announced before the end of the 2016 season. The team will be based in SHR's headquarters that houses the organization's Sprint Cup lineup.
Stewart-Haas Racing has won two Sprint Cup championships, most recently in 2014 with driver Kevin Harvick. Since forming in 2009, SHR has won 33 points races at NASCAR's top level, two non-points races, and 28 pole awards. Three of the organization's four drivers are qualified for the 2016 Chase.