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Kurt Busch leaving Penske Racing

Updated: December 6, 2011, 2:07 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kurt Busch and Penske Racing have agreed to a mutual split, the team said Monday.

The 2004 Sprint Cup champion lost favor with Penske Racing and primary sponsor Shell Pennzoil during a season in which he had multiple behavioral run-ins on and off the track.

In a statement released by the team, Busch thanked Roger Penske "for the opportunity that he has given me."

"I am grateful to Penske Racing for six very productive years," Busch said. ...

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