|Phoenix Racing website|
Many know that Landon Cassill piloted the No. 51 during the 2011 season, but it’s now official, Kurt Busch has a ride for next year. He will drive No. 51 for Phoenix Racing in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012 and will take part in the Daytona test next month.
Since 1990, owner James Finch has been in the Sprint Cup Series, flying under the radar. In those twenty-one years, he only has one win - with Brad Keselowski in April 2009 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Today, December 22, it was announced that Kurt Busch, who based on a mutual agreement left Penske Racing, will be driving for James Finch and Phoenix Racing during the 2012 season with long-time Phoenix Racing crew chief, Nick Harrison. Kurt will greatly benefit this because Phoenix Racing gets their cars and engines from Hendrick Motorsports, one of the top teams; after all, they did win five consecutive championships.
Since Kurt Busch has won at least one race every season in the past ten seasons, there’s a very good chance that he will continue this and win a race for Phoenix Racing - which will virtually get them on the Sprint Cup Series map and radar.
Why else was this a good deal for Busch? James Finch said, “I told Kurt, ‘I won’t fire you, and you won’t quit. We’ll do whatever it takes — roll in the mud if we have to to win. I’ve worked construction all my life just so I could race and have a good time. I’ve worked with iron workers, I worked with construction workers, so working with a driver is not going to be a problem.”
Only time will tell if Phoenix Racing is a good match for Kurt Busch.