In the press conference, Childress said that Busch’s incredible resume of two championships and 200 plus wins throughout his racing career was enough for Childress to want to sign him.
He was also asked about the fight that happened in 2011, and he said that the two have grown a lot from that incident, and the past is behind them.
Busch leaving Joe Gibbs Racing for a new team stems from their loss of partnerships with Mars leaving as the main sponsor of the #18 car.
Joe Gibbs Racing President Dave Alpern explained it earlier this summer:
“[The company] wants to try some new things, and no matter how big a brand is, they have a finite budget, so when you want to try something new, it has to come from somewhere else.”
Kyle also weighed in on the issue back in July:
“You’ve gotta have sponsorship in this sport to be able to go forward. It’s not as simple as being a basketball player and being a Michael Jordan or a LeBron James and being a really good player and the team losing a sponsor and then saying, ‘OK, Michael, LeBron, we gotta let you go because we can’t afford you.’”
Toyota Racing Development David Wilson agreed:
“The driving issue, the underlying issue, is his sponsorship and the departure of Mars. That is the biggest issue, and until that is solved to whatever degree… because that dictates everything else; it dictates salary, dictates everything else that comes.
But that’s the keystone. We have to find that and place that keystone first.”
Tyler Reddick will drive a third car for RCR next year before moving to 23XI in 2024.
Signed ✍🏼 @KyleBusch joins Richard Childress Racing to drive the No. 8 Chevrolet in 2023.