Harvick Preps For The Big Indy Weekend

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. So was his childhood hero.

Rick Ravon Mears, who actually was born in Wichita, Kansas, but grew up in Bakersfield, was one of the great IndyCar drivers in the long history of automobile racing.

Mears is one of only three drivers to win the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race four times – 1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991. And he won IndyCar season-long championships in 1979, 1981 and 1982. He also holds the record for most pole positions at Indy, taking the No. 1 starting spot six times.

Harvick, who never competed in IndyCar, has said Mears was his hero growing up. And if you ask Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, they will tell you the same thing.

When Harvick won the 2003 Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was one of the biggest races he had ever won.

Harvick is hoping to score his second Brickyard 400 victory this week in the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). Mobil 1 was actually a sponsor and technical partner of Team Penske for Mears’ 1991 Indianapolis 500 victory.

And Harvick is coming off a victory last month at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang. As always, he’ll have the support of Mobil 1 technology on board as a sponsor and technical partner.

Mobil 1 isn’t just the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, it also provides the entire SHR organization with leading lubricant technology, ensuring that all SHR Mustangs have a competitive edge over the competition on the track. In its 17th consecutive season as the “Official Motor Oil of NASCAR,” Mobil 1 is used by more than 50 percent of teams throughout NASCAR’s top three series.

Harvick is hoping he can lead Mobil 1 and Ford to another victory as this year’s NASCAR playoffs are set after Sunday’s final regular-season race at Indianapolis.

Then the real fun begins.

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

What do you consider your most memorable win?

“For me, I think winning the Daytona 500 is probably the one that sticks out the most. I think that’s our sport’s biggest race and it’s a difficult race to win. You see several of our great past champions and drivers who haven’t won that race, so I was fortunate to win that one. And, for me, winning at Indy was pretty neat, being a huge Rick Mears fan, and winning there was neat for me, and then winning the championship race in Homestead. Those would probably be my top three if I had to pick.”

Why do your prefer Mobil 1 synthetic?

“I’m a synthetic guy because, in 1993 when we were sitting in the engine shop, we dumped Mobil 1 synthetic in and that’s all we did and gained seven horsepower. From that day on, we would actually save our money and then go to the local auto parts store because, at that time, it was like $5.50 a quart and the conventional and other oils were like $3.50. At the big races, we would put the Mobil 1 in the car and the regular races would put the regular oil in there. You know I’m going to say synthetic.”

Talk about the history and prestige of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“For me, I grew up in Bakersfield, California, as a Rick Mears fan. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as a child, that was your racing dream. That was where you wanted to race. I’ve been fortunate to have won the Brickyard 400 and kind of live out that childhood dream. There is a mystique and history, and everything you can think about in racing that has happened for over 100 years has happened at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So, to go there and see those old grandstands that surround the frontstretch, and that feel that it has, is the same every time you drive in the tunnel. As we go back this weekend, for me, I always feel like it is one of the most special places that you can race, because that is all I wanted to do as a kid. I wanted to be like Rick Mears and win the Indianapolis 500. Now, racing stock cars and being able to compete on that racetrack for me is a thrill.”

What was it like to win the Brickyard 400?

“When we were fortunate enough to win the Brickyard 400 in 2003 – the coolest part of the whole thing was riding around on the victory lap. You can tell the experienced Indianapolis Motor Speedway fans who go to the Indianapolis 500, and I don’t even know if they still do this anymore, but riding around in that pace car and waving to the fans. There were thousands of them still there to share that moment with me, Richard (Childress) and DeLana (Harvick, wife) before coming back to kiss the bricks. That’s something you’ll never forget.”

Mobil 1 Racing Team Report
Round 26 of 36 – Brickyard 400 – Indianapolis

Car No.: 4 – Mobil 1 Ford Mustang

PR Contact: Joe Crowley, True Speed Communication (704) 875-3388 ext. 808 or Joe.Crowley@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)

Primary Team Members:

Driver: Kevin Harvick
Hometown: Bakersfield, California

Crew Chief: Rodney Childers
Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Car Chief: Robert Smith
Hometown: Whitewater, Wisconsin

Engine Builder: Roush-Yates Engines
Headquarters: Mooresville, North Carolina

Engine Specialist: Robert Brandt
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Spotter: Tim Fedewa
Hometown: Holt, Michigan
Over-The-Wall Crew Members:

Front Tire Changer: Shayne Pipala

Hometown: Frankfort Square, Illinois

Rear Tire Changer: Chris Thomas (subbing for Daniel Smith)

Hometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina

Tire Carrier: Mike “Shrek” Morneau

Hometown: Oxford, Maine

Gas Man: Evan Marchal

Hometown: Westfield, Indiana

Jackman: Stan Dolittle

Hometown: Ninety Six, South Carolina

Windshield: Matt Custer (also serves as interior mechanic)

Hometown: Bedford, Pennsylvania

Road Crew Members:

Truck Driver: Rick Hodges and Stephen Mitchell

Hometowns: Raleigh, North Carolina and Woodville, Ohio, respectively

Engineers: Dax Gerringer and Billy Keubler

Hometowns: Gibsonville, North Carolinaand Saline, Michigan, respectively

Mechanic: Richie Bean

Hometown: Bradford, Vermont

Tire Specialist: Jamie Turski

Hometown: Trumbull, Connecticut

Shock Specialist: Michael McCarville

Hometown: Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Mechanic: Allen Mincey

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Indianapolis Notes of Interest:

· Dynamic Duo: While this is Harvick’s 19th year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, it’s his sixth with crew chief Rodney Childers. Since joining forces at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2014, Harvick and Childers have combined to produce 24 points-paying victories, a victory in the non-points-paying 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, 23 poles, 102 top-five finishes and 143 top-10s while leading 9,252 laps. They won the 2014 championship, finished runner-up in the 2015 title chase to champion Kyle Busch, finished eighth in 2016 and third in 2017 and 2018. The team has qualified for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway four times in the last five years.

· Harvick has career totals of 47 wins, 29 poles, 199 top-fives, 352 top-10s and 13,675 laps led in 671 starts.

· His most recent Cup Series win came three races ago at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (Aug. 11, 2019).

· His last Busch Pole came five races ago at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (July 27, 2019).

· Harvick has one win, two poles, six top-five finishes, 12 top-10s and has led a total of 203 laps in his 18 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis. His average start is 12.7, his average finish is 9.4 and he has a lap-completion rate of 99.6 percent, completing 2,890 of the 2,902 laps available.

· Harvick at Indianapolis since 2014 – The combination of Harvick competing at Indianapolis in SHR equipment is impressive. In his last five NASCAR Cup Series starts at Indianapolis – all of which have come with SHR – he has finished inside the top-10 in each of the five events, with two top-fives and a pole position. He has an average start of 3.6 and an average finish of 5.4. And of the 203 laps Harvick has led at Indianapolis dating back to his rookie year in 2001, a total of 109 (more than 53 percent) have come with SHR despite only five (27 percent) of his 18 Indianapolis starts being with SHR.

· Points Position: Harvick arrives at Darlington fourth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings with 864 points, 119 markers behind leader Kyle Busch.

· Already Playoff Bound – Harvick qualified for the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs with his win July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

· Xfinity at Indianapolis: Harvick has competed in four NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Indianapolis and has finished in the top-six in every race.

· Harvick’s 47 career NASCAR Cup Series victories puts him 16th on the all-time list. He is third on the active driver list behind Jimmie Johnson and Busch and is one win away from tying Herb Thomas for 15th place all time.

· Harvick’s Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio: Harvick is in his third year as the co-host of Happy Hours on SiriusXM Radio channel 90. The show debuted March 28, 2017 and airs on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT, featuring Harvick’s distinctive perspective on the sport and life outside the track. Harvick and co-host Matt Yocum take calls from listeners and give NASCAR fans a unique view on the driver’s life and interests when he is away from the racecar.

· 108 and Counting – Harvick scored his 100th career win in NASCAR’s top three series when he won the Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March 2018. He now has 108 total victories after his most recent Cup Series win Sunday at Michigan – 47 in the Cup Series, 47 in the Xfinity Series and 14 in the Truck Series. Only three other drivers in NASCAR history have passed 100 wins in NASCAR’s top three series: Richard Petty, David Pearson and Busch.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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