NASCAR Winston Cup rookie Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo team will run an "America Online (AOL)/Goodwrench" paint scheme this weekend in NASCAR's all-star race, the Winston. Harvick was to run an AOL...
NASCAR Winston Cup rookie Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo team will run an "America Online (AOL)/Goodwrench" paint scheme this weekend in NASCAR's all-star race, the Winston. Harvick was to run an AOL sponsored car in five events this season, preparing for a fully AOL sponsored schedule in the 2002 Winston Cup season. Upon the death of Dale Earnhardt, Harvick took over the GM Goodwrench ride.
"I'm glad that we can do as much as we can for AOL, " Harvick explained. "They were behind me and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) from the get-go. AOL had been really understanding about the situation this team is in, and that shows a lot of character for a sponsor just getting their feet wet in this sport. Plus, it says a lot about the people at GM for being behind this. We're (RCR) working with good people on both ends."
This will be Harvick's first try at the Winston. The driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus machine is bolstered by a team that has won the event three times (1987, 1990, 1993). The team secured their position in the 2001 Winston by winning the Winston Cup event in March at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (Hampton, Ga.).
"The team's experience is providing me with the best education any rookie could ever want or hope for. They make it easy. They're knowledgeable and patient. The team makes it look effortless. All of that is going to help this weekend. The racing is going to be pretty fierce- there are no points and the second place isn't what this event is all about. Everyone is going for the win. I can't wait, I think it's going to be awesome. Bring it on. I grew up racing trying not to tear stuff up- so did a lot of guys. But, that goes out the window for most of the guys running for this win," he said. Then Harvick joked, "I don't want to tear anything up, I'd just like to win with an intact racecar. That's not asking for much."
Running both the NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup Series, Harvick runs a far-away double for the first time this year. The No. 2 ACDelco Busch Series team takes on the Nazareth Speedway (Nazareth, Pa.), while the No. 29 Winston Cup team will battle the Lowe's Motor Speedway (Harrisburg, N.C.).
"This weekend won't be so bad compared to some of the places I'll split my time between this summer. At least the Cup race is close to home (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Both of the races are in the same time zone and aren't separated by the Mississippi River or anything like that. It'll be a warm-up to July- when it gets really crazy."
Harvick will qualify both the No. 29 GM Goodwrench and No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet Monte Carlos this weekend.
Friday- Practice and qualify for the Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte
Saturday morning - Fly from Charlotte on an RCR plane to Nazareth, landing in Allentown, Pa. approximately 9:45am. Proceed directly to the track for 11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m. Busch practice and qualifying at 3:00p.m. He will qualify first and then will head back to the airport for a flight back to Charlotte, N.C. The Winston begins at approximately 9 p.m.
Sunday morning - Harvick will fly back to Nazareth to arrive at 9:45 a.m. The drivers' meeting starts at 11:00 a.m. and the race at 1:00 p.m.