LYNN HAVEN, FL- Phoenix Racing made a big hire on Wednesday night as team owner James Finch reached an agreement with 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch. Busch agreed to drive the #51 car for Phoenix Racing in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series.
Busch has had his share of embarrassments in the last few months, getting into a heated argument with a reporter, amongst other things. That led to his departure from Penske racing, and the opening for him to sign with Phoenix.
After a few weeks of talks, and a meeting in Charlotte Wednesday, Finch and Busch agreed to a deal. Now Phoenix Racing has a cup champion, and a chase driver behind the wheel. Finch says has already talked with Busch about his past.
“He lost a job and he’s lost several million dollars, and so I think that’s been a wake up call. I told him, I said Kurt it’s about winning racing. you need to watch your temper and your mouth,” Finch said. “I hired him for his foot and not his mouth. hopefully we can get him controlled. He’s got a long way to come. He’s got to show people he’s going to be a driver. And show NASCAR that he’s a driver, and he’s going to do what’s expected as a driver.”
Busch and the team will head to test for the preseason thunder session at Daytona International Speedway as they prepare for the Budweiser Shootout.