Kevin Harvick signs long-term extension with Stewart-Haas
Kevin Harvick (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Stewart-Haas Racing and 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick put the rumor to rest, disproving it, by announcing a long-term contract extension to keep Harvick in the SHR driver stable and behind the wheel of the No. 4 Cup entry that will change from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017.
“It was a big decision to join Stewart-Haas Racing, and it has turned out to be my best decision,” Harvick said. “I came to Stewart-Haas Racing to win championships. We have one, but that only made us hungry for more. I’m very happy to have my future secure with a team so dedicated to winning.”
Harvick left Richard Childress Racing, his Cup racing home since he began in the series in 2001, to join Stewart-Haas in 2014. In his first year with SHR, he posted five wins en route to his first Sprint Cup title. He finished second last year on the strength of three wins, 23 top-fives and 28 top-10 finishes. So far in his third season with the team, Harvick has a win, five top-fives and nine top-10s in 12 races.
“Kevin’s results speak for themselves, and in addition to those numbers, he brings a presence to our team that makes everyone want to work harder,” SHR driver and co-owner Tony Stewart said. “Kevin Harvick has made Stewart-Haas Racing a better team, and he will continue to be an integral part of our future.”
Rumors of a Harvick departure began earlier this year, almost as soon as Stewart announced an SHR manufacturer switch to Ford, beginning in 2017. The primary basis of those rumors was the fact that Harvick has only raced Chevrolets in his NASCAR career, across all three national series, to this point. More recently, rumors got more specific with a rumored move to Hendrick Motorsports, the Chevrolet race team with which SHR currently has a technical alliance, replacing Kasey Kahne, despite Kahne still having another year remaining on his contract with HMS.