Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick is hanging up his firesuit at the end of the 2023 racing season, leaving his seat in the No. 4 NASCAR Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) up for grabs. Earlier in the year, a rumor regarding current Xfinity Series regular, Josh Berry, surfaced, tagging him as Harvick’s potential replacement, and now, SHR has officially announced that Berry will take control of the No. 4 Mustang beginning in 2024.
Currently, Berry has a relationship with Chevy, driving the No. 8 Chevy Camaro in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports. However, he will turn his back on The Bow Tie in favor of The Blue Oval next season in NASCAR’s most prestigious division. Berry has subbed for several Chevy racers in the Cup Series in 2023, with a best finish of second place at Richmond Raceway on April 2nd, 2023.
“I can’t imagine a better opportunity for me – to get in a car that’s been as successful and iconic as the No. 4,” Berry said in a statement. “Kevin is a future NASCAR Hall of Famer, and it’s going to be a challenge trying to come after someone so successful. But I know I’m going to have an amazing group of people around me, led by [crew chief] Rodney Childers, to where we can hit the ground running.”
“We’re incredibly proud to have Josh Berry begin the next chapter of his racing career in our No. 4 Ford Mustang,” said Tony Stewart, co-owner of SHR alongside Haas Automation founder Gene Haas. “Kevin Harvick has obviously set a very high bar, but Josh brings maturity, experience and, above all, a winning record to Stewart-Haas Racing. He is the right driver, at the right time, for the No. 4 team and our organization.”
At this time, it’s not clear what sponsors will appear on the No. 4 NASCAR Ford Mustang beyond 2023. Regardless, Harvick said that he is thrilled to see what Berry can do behind the wheel of the iconic No. 4 Ford machine.
“I’m very happy for Josh and proud to see him get this opportunity. He’s going to be a really good fit with Rodney and the No. 4 team,” Harvick said.