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Hendrick Motorsports statements on Stewart-Haas’ manufacturer change

Stewart-Haas racing will switch to Ford next season. Beginning in 2017, Stewart-Haas will run Ford Fusions and has plans to build their own chassis in-house.

In a statement from Hendrick Motorsports, team owner Rick Hendrick reaffirmed his loyalty to Chevrolet in the wake of Stewart-Haas Racing’s departure for Ford in 2017. Hendrick also confirmed that Hendrick Motorsports’ technical relationship with Haas Automation will continue beyond 2016.

“Hendrick Motorsports is entering its 33rd NASCAR season carrying the Chevrolet bowtie on our cars. We’ve never raced with anyone else,” said Hendrick in the 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.”

Hendrick continues: “We’ve had a strong relationship with Gene (Haas) and his companies for two decades,” Hendrick said. “Our technical association with Haas Automation has been rewarding for everyone involved, and we look forward to building on that effort in the future.”

HM general manager Doug Duchardt also addressed Stewart-Haas Racing’s departure and the success it had enjoyed as a partner with Hendrick, which includes two Sprint Cup championship in 2011 and 2014. Duchardt said his team will still provide SHR with engines and chassis this season.

“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 Doug Duchardt, general manager of Hendrick Motorsports. “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.”

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