By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor
For one of 2016’s championship contenders — Kevin Harvick — the 2017 season is already taking shape. Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing announced in February that they would be moving from Chevrolet to Ford for the ’17 season. After a press release from Anheuser Busch on Thursday, the sponsorship picture is looking full for the No. 4 team.
Anheuser Busch’s Busch Beer brand will adorn Harvick’s car for a total of 16 events in 2017, which is an increase of four races from 2016.
The Beer maker will kick off the 2017 season with their colors on the No. 4 Ford Fusion in The Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Harvick’s relationship with Anheuser Busch goes back to the 2011 season, when he wore the colors of Budweiser. This season, the beverage company opted to bring the Busch Beer brand back to the sport of NASCAR.
With their latest contract extension, the beer brand will stay on Harvick’s car for at least the next three seasons.
“From the retro look at Darlington to the blaze-orange hunting scheme at Charlotte, there’s been buzz every time one of the Busch paint schemes hits the track,” Said Harvick in a press release. “The fans let us know how thrilled they were to have Busch back in the sport last year, and I’m looking forward to getting back to victory lane with the Busch logo on the hood in 2017 and beyond.”
With the question of sponsorship for next season answered, Harvick can now focus on the task at hand — winning a second Sprint Cup Series championship.