Despite Stewart-Haas Racing’s announcement Wednesday that it will move to the Ford camp in 2017, Hendrick Motorsports reiterated its support for Chevrolet and its commitment to help SHR win NASCAR races in 2016.
“Hendrick Motorsports is entering its 33rd NASCAR season carrying the Chevrolet bowtie on our cars. We’ve never raced with anyone else,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement.
“Representing the most successful manufacturer in NASCAR history is something our entire organization takes immense pride in, and we look forward to working together with Chevy toward a historic 40th manufacturers’ championship in 2016.
“It’s a relationship we hope to continue for many years to come.”
We will continue to provide SHR’s teams with engines and chassis in 2016, and those programs will be supported appropriately.
HMS currently provides engines and technical support to SHR’s four Sprint Cup Series teams. That alliance will end after the 2016 season.
Continuing relationship with Haas Automation
However, HMS said it will continue with a technical partnership with Haas Automation beyond this season. The company has provided CNC products and support to HMS since 1996.
“Chevrolet race cars with Hendrick Motorsports engines and chassis have won eight of the last 10 championships and we couldn’t be more proud of the hardworking men and women responsible for that record,” said HMS general manager Doug Duchardt.
“We will continue to provide SHR’s teams with engines and chassis in 2016, and those programs will be supported appropriately. Our company has enjoyed being associated with SHR since its inception, and we will work with them this season to earn more Chevrolet victories.”
Added Hendrick: “We’ve had a strong relationship with Gene (Haas) and his companies for two decades. Our technical association with Haas Automation has been rewarding for everyone involved, and we look forward to building on that effort in the future.”