No official announcement until Tuesday, but Kurt Busch confirmed SHR starting in 2014
Kurt Busch will drive the #00 for Stewart Haas Racing starting in 2014, with Haas Automation on the car. That would be Gene Haas's company, and he was very vocal over the past few days that having Kurt Busch in their stable, driving a car his company could sponsor was a dream.
Kurt's tweet read as follows:
I’m excited about having teammates esp @KevinHarvick & #Smoke working w/guys like @GZipadelli & @markmartin is an opportunity of a lifetime
I'm slightly puzzled about the Mark Martin reference, as Mark is filling in for Tony while he recuperates the rest of this season, but I'm unaware of any association after that. Perhaps there are moves in mind for earlier than the start of next season, but with Kurt showing an excellent chance to compete in the Chase for 2013, I certainly hope he can remain focused for Furniture Row Racing.
Interestingly enough, this news comes as both ESPN and TNT are negotiating to be released from their 2014 broadcast obligations.