In a surprising move for one of NASCAR's most recognizable teams, Stewart-Haas Racing is leaving Chevrolet for Ford.
SHR includes Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick. The group has had a close relationship with Chevrolet for several years now. SHR has won two of the past five Sprint Cup championships.
It was a sudden change for the successful group, which is why many in the NASCAR world were shocked by the turn of events.
Stewart said in a statement, "Ford allows us to strengthen our position in the sport and ensure the long-term stability and success."
Ford has struggled lately, though, with Team Penske being the only productive team.
Fox Sports writes, "It was clear Ford needed to make a bold move. ... Starting next year, Ford will have a championship-caliber team to go with its existing partners."
For the 2017 season, SHR will also transfer over to using Roush Yates Engines, Ford's technical partner for race engines.