Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet was unveiled earlier this week. The Haas CNC entry will have a greater Gene Haas presence than Tony Stewart presence from the ownership standpoint, owing to Haas’ pursuit of Busch from Furniture Row Racing.
There had been rumors swirling Busch – whose 2012 TV special “The Outlaw” attempted to remake his image – would run No. 00 for SHR, and thus provide a perfect numerical add-up to 14 for the team’s four cars. If Busch was to run the No. 00, along with Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 and Danica Patrick’s No. 10, it would have added up to Stewart’s No. 14.
Alas, Busch will run the inverse of No. 14, the No. 41. It’s a number once campaigned by his former sparring partner, Jimmy Spencer.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.