On Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports officially released Kahne from the final year of his contract following months of speculation regarding his status after 2017. Kahne and Hendrick announced their split earlier this week. "Talked to some different owners and personnel at different teams just trying to show that I still want to be in the Cup Series". "I want to race here and if there is any opportunity I would love to talk about it, something like that".
"That's been really good. Everybody is nice and talked about their programs and was really cool to have those conversations".
Byron joining Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott and 7-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson to make up the 2018 Hendrick Motorsports cup series squad.
Friday, he was at Michigan International Speedway, talking with media about future plans and hustling his Chevy around the 2-mile oval in advance of Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
"Also, Mr. Hendrick has been really supportive and making sure that...you know he wants me in a auto as well". "It didn't work out in the (No.) 5, but he wants me in another auto, and he wants me to be out there racing next year".
"I really think I will be able to come up with something that will be very competitive and to be able to be in the Cup series for a while to come". While Kahne's focus is on remaining in the top series, he also acknowledges opportunities are limited.
Kahne said he owed team owner Rick Hendrick plenty during his six years with the organization. And myself better than I've been. "Because I've enjoyed it for so long and I've lived so numerous highs of the Cup Series". The year when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Bristol in the No. 8 vehicle is something else Kahne will never forget, because it felt like thousands of fans were going to overtake the infield.
"I think we all know that there are not a ton of opportunity", Kahne said. Kahne said the atmosphere within the team hadn't changed.