Sonoma: Kevin Harvick preview

Cars that go in circles and turn left - kinda. HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 18, 2002) - NASCAR racecars are often times characterized by blanketed comments like, "they're just cars that go in circles and turn left." Well, unawareness aside, this ...

Cars that go in circles and turn left - kinda.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 18, 2002) - NASCAR racecars are often times characterized by blanketed comments like, "they're just cars that go in circles and turn left." Well, unawareness aside, this weekend it's evident to even the most unknowing fan that they do more than that. Indeed, sometimes they turn right.

The No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service team heads to the two-mile road course of Sears Point Raceway (Sonoma, Calif.). In tow, they will bring the first No. 29 car they have built - ground-up - since Richard Childress (team owner) made the decision to swap teams (with the No. 31 RCR team) last month.

Harvick, the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, also has other things to be excited about. On Saturday, he will be running in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour race in a Snap-On supported car (fielded by Kevin Harvick, Inc.). Harvick is the 1995 Featherlite Southwest Tour Rookie of the Year, winning an event at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park.

Gil Martin Comments on the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet and Sears Point Raceway:

The car

"The car we're bringing this weekend is the first new car that we built that Kevin will drive. As a whole, we're pretty excited about it. It has a lot of new ideas built into it. It is a full road course car. I only wish we had more time to spend with it. The things that we have incorporated into it should turn out to be pretty fierce.

"The car was initially built for Robby, and we brought it over as a No. 29 car. But we changed things over for Kevin. We incorporated some things that he (Kevin) brought back from last year's race into it. Both he and Robby were really good in that race last year, so building this car with that kind of input should be beneficial."

Strength on the road?

"Road courses really aren't anyone's strength. How could they be? We only run them two times a year. All three teams are really depending on Robby to bring a lot of stuff to the table and I think he will. At a lot of other places, Kevin and Jeff have been able to help Robby out, now he'll be able to bring some of his experience to the table to make the whole program better. Kevin has a lot of strength at this kind of place too. He's got a lot of experience from Winston West and Southwest that you can't deny he'll be a contender.

"Kevin did a great job at Sears Point last year, but broke something on the rear sway bar, I think. We're going out there to run the Southwest Tour race and that will help him get acclimated with the track."

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet, Comments on Sears Point Raceway:

The track

"It's a road course. They're fun, we're turning right this week - and on purpose. It's the kind of racing I spent doing during the Southwest Tour days. Coming off of last year's finish, I'm confident about our chances there. We had a strong car last year, and this year we've got a new car. Gil and the guys have worked pretty hard on it, I just want to get in it and start racing."

The Southwest Race

"I'll be racing a Snap-On car in the Featherlite Southwest race. Running that car will give us a lot of good information about what we need on the Cup side. Gil is helping with it and coming out with me on Wednesday. I feel like the guys at my shop have built me a great car. They haven't been racing since Martinsville, so they are rearin' to go."

-rcr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick