Kurt Busch Counting on Haas Technology for the 2016 Sprint Cup Championship
As the 2016 NASCAR season grows closer to getting the green flag at Daytona, Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, is turning his attention to the Sprint Cup Championship, and he is relying on Haas Automation technology to get there.
Busch makes up one of the four cars fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing, which is co-owned by Tony Stewart and Haas Automation owner Gene Haas. With many races being decided by times in fractions of a second, precision engineered parts are crucial. Haas’ advanced CNC technology allows the team to precisely cut vital components with reduced cycle times in order to accommodate the critical turnaround times and deadlines often faced by the team engineers. For this, Stewart-Haas Racing uses 15 Haas CNC machines to build and modify parts for each of the four cars. Additionally, each Stewart-Haas Racing car uses more than 3000 parts machined on Haas CNC machines. Kurt Busch will be counting on every part of his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet as he competes for the Sprint Cup Championship in 2016.
Busch’s passion for racing is strong, and he feels that he is better prepared to run for the championship this year than he was when he won his first Championship in 2004.
“Well, when you win at a young age, you’re somewhat naïve to the full operations of everything, and that’s where I was blessed to have Jimmy Fennig, a veteran crew chief, who knew all the angles on how to handle the crew members, how to handle the workload, what to do to a car on a hot sunny day versus a cold cloudy day,” Busch explains. “Now I see all that in myself, and so I have some young guys who are underneath me who I’m trying to teach those things to, but I also have to listen to and learn from them. So I feel better prepared in many, many different categories, other than the young naïve one where I just went hammer down. But that’s still what I love to do and that’s what I get paid to do, and that’s one of the largest enjoyments about being a professional racecar driver – going out there and putting the hammer down.”
The first points race of the 2016 season is just days away, with the Daytona 500 scheduled to start this Sunday at 1:00 PM ET. Kurt Busch qualified 11th for the 500 over the weekend in the Sunday qualifying race following Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited race, which was the first appearance of the No. 41 with the 2016 co-primary Haas Automation / Monster Energy paint scheme, and also the first laps raced on the 2016 chassis. Kurt finished seventh in the Sprint Unlimited race, after being involved in several incidents and dodging several others on the track.
Kurt Busch finished the 2015 season in eighth place, having achieved two wins and 10 top-five finishes along the way. Watch Kurt and the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet compete for the first points of the 2016 season Sunday, February 21, at 1:00 PM ET, in the Daytona 500.