In a press conference at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, Stewart announces that in 2009 he will serve as driver/owner of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). The team will be co-owned by Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Oxnard, California-based Haas Automation, which owned Haas CNC Racing. The team will receive chassis, engines and technical support from Hendrick Motorsports.