Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Kurt Busch is switching teams.
The 35-year-old Busch signed a multi-year contract with Stewart-Haas Racing that goes into effect at the beginning of the 2014 season.
The 2004 Sprint Cup champion will become the fourth driver for SHR joining Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick.
Busch also received an offer from his current team, Furniture Row Racing.
“It was always our intention to extend Kurt’s contract,” FRR general manager Joe Garone said in a statement. “We made him an offer last week to continue as the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet in 2014 and beyond. Though he did not accept our offer we respect his decision and wish him future success. His driving skill and being a dedicated team player will always be appreciated. Right now, the main focus for Kurt and the team is to qualify for the Chase and contend for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship.”
With two races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, Busch sits 12th in the standings, six points behind 10th place Joey Logano.