Chevy responds to Stewart-Haas Racing’s 2017 departure for Ford

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A Chevrolet executive has responded to the news that Stewart-Haas Racing will be switching to Ford beginning with the 2017 season.

“We are disappointed with Stewart-Haas Racing’s decision, but our focus for 2016 has not changed,” said Jim Campbell, vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports in a statement to NBC Sports. “We are working with all of the Chevrolet teams, including Stewart-Haas Racing, to win races, make the Chase, and vie for driver and manufacturer championships.”

Stewart-Haas Racing has been with Chevrolet since Tony Stewart became co-owner in 2009. Before that, the Gene Haas-owned team was with Chevrolet for all but one year (Pontiac, 2003) after its inception in 2002.

Chevrolet has won the manufacturer’s championship the last 13 years.