Tuesday, August 14, 2007

No Surprise, Shrub Signs With JGR

Joe Gibbs Racing has signed Kyle Busch to drive for the #18 Nextel Cup Series team, beginning in 2008. Busch will take over for J.J. Yeley at the end of the 2007 season, racing as a teammate to Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin.

Team President J.D. Gibbs announced the signing, saying, “We’re extremely pleased to have Kyle Busch as a part of the family here at Joe Gibbs Racing. Kyle is extremely talented, as his track record has proven, and he had a lot of teams to choose from in determining who would give him the best chance to win. Obviously, we’re glad he chose JGR, and he’ll have all the tools and resources he needs to win races and contend for championships.”

Busch said he is confident that he has made the right decision, after talking to as many as five top Nextel Cup teams. “After talking with a lot of different teams and visiting their shops, Joe Gibbs Racing is where I want to be,” said Busch, who signed a three-year contract, running through the 2010 season. “The moment I saw the shop and began talking with Joe and J.D. Gibbs, there was a level of comfort that made me feel like this is where I belong. I want to win races and championships, and Joe Gibbs Racing’s three-car/one-team philosophy gives me the best opportunity to do that.”

He stressed, however, that there is still work to do in his final 14 races for Hendrick Motorsports, saying, "While excited about my new opportunity with Joe Gibbs Racing, I remain committed to finishing this year strong and running for the championship.”

There was no mention made of reports that JGR will switch to Toyota in 2008.

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