Stewart-Haas Racing Switching to Ford in 2017
DEARBORN, Mich. - Stewart-Haas Racing announced Tuesday that they will be partnering with Ford Performance beginning in the 2017 NASCAR season.
As part of the multiyear deal, Stewart-Haas will receive its engines from primary Ford supplier Roush Yates Engines and race the Ford Fusion in all NASCAR events.
The team has run Chevrolets since its inception in the Sprint Cup Series in 2002.
"I am proud of our associating with Chevrolet as they helped build our organization into the team it is today," said Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.
"This new partnership with Ford allows us to strengthen our position in the sport and ensure the long-term stability and success for everyone who is a part of Stewart-Haas Racing."
Ford executives made it clear that this move is about winning races and championships at NASCAR's premier level.
"We have said very clearly that we are not in NASCAR just to race, but to win races and championships," said Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance. "We believe the addition of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 will give our program a major boost in terms of being in contention for both drivers' and manufacturers' championships every year."
Stewart-Haas will join a ford lineup in 2017 that is expected to have include Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, and Front Row Motorsports.
Stewart-Haas Racing has won 30 races, 26 poles, and 2 NASCAR championships since Tony Stewart became co-owner in 2009. Kevin Harvick won the organization's second championship in 2014, his first year with the team.
Clint Bowyer will join Stewart-Haas in 2017, replacing Tony Stewart in the No. 14 car.