Kevin Harvick to Compete in 2002 Rolex 24 At Daytona

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Dec. 28, 2002) -- Kevin Harvick, the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division champion and Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, announced today he will compete in the running of the 40th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Harvick, the only driver to successfully compete in both of NASCAR's top touring series simultaneously, will join Dave Liniger, chairman and founder of RE/MAX International, Rick Carelli, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran and former NASCAR Winston Racing Series driver, John Metcalf for the endurance event. Harvick, along with his teammates, will be piloting the No. 90 2002 Chevrolet Corvette in the Grand-Am Sports Car Series, AGT class. The team, owned by Todd and Troy Flis, holds the 2000 and 2001 Grand-Am championships.

"Racing the Rolex 24 is something I've never done in my career," said Harvick. "Last year there were a lot of firsts for me, so continuing another first in 2002 seemed natural.

"I've always watched this race on the couch waiting for my racing to get started up," continued Harvick. "This year I'll be watching it from behind the wheel, and it will be something pretty cool to add to my resume."

While Harvick's schedule was filled to its racing capacity last year, running 69 races (35 Winston Cup, 33 Busch Series and one truck event), the sophomore Winston Cup driver plans to start 2002 in the same hectic fashion. Although the 26-year-old is not planning on running nearly 70 races this season, any excuse to get behind the wheel of a race car is high on his agenda.

"I love to race -- plain and simple," Harvick stated. "Give me a bicycle or a wagon for that matter and I'll race it. I'm just lucky in this particular case that I get to race a cool Corvette."

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