DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. -- Richard Childress Racing (RCR) today announced that America Online (AOL), the world's leading interactive service, will be the primary sponsor of 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie-of-the-Year Kevin Harvick's limited NASCAR ...
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. -- Richard Childress Racing (RCR) today announced that America Online (AOL), the world's leading interactive service, will be the primary sponsor of 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie-of-the-Year Kevin Harvick's limited NASCAR Winston Cup Series program in 2001.
Harvick, 25, will debut the No. 30 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 11. He is also scheduled to compete at Texas Motor Speedway (April 1), Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte (May 27), Sears Point Raceway (June 24), Chicagoland Speedway (July 15), Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (Aug. 25) and Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (Sept. 8). The seven-race schedule will be Harvick's first foray into Winston Cup competition. The new team will be the third Winston Cup program, and fifth overall, run out of the RCR shops in Welcome, N.C. RCR also fields the NASCAR Winston Cup teams for seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt and Mike Skinner, as well as the NASCAR Busch Series teams for Harvick and Mike Dillon.
"America Online brings so much to our sport and will continue to do so in the future," said Richard Childress, president and C.E.O. of Richard Childress Racing Enterprises, Inc. "Kevin Harvick, with his cool, aggressive style, will contribute a great deal to RCR for many years to come. We believe that bringing AOL and Kevin together will give RCR fans something exciting they can connect to for a long time." "Our association with Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick is a great opportunity to expand our participation in NASCAR," said Eddie Leonard, American Online's Vice President for Brand Marketing. "RCR has a long history of winning and championships and we see Harvick as the standard-bearer for continuing that tradition in the new millennium. Sponsoring his team makes perfect sense for our long-term plans in the sport."
Harvick finished third in the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series season in the No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet and will run for the championship this season. He earned victories last season at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis (July 29), Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 25), and Memphis Motorsports Park (Oct. 29). He earned pole positions at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway (June 3) and Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 25) and 16 top-10 finishes on the way to the Rookie-of-the-Year title.
The Bakersfield, Calif., native's rise through the NASCAR ranks has been fast and productive. He finished 12th in his only season (1999) of NASCAR Truck Series competition, was the 1998 NASCAR Winston West Champion, the 1995 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Rookie of the Year and the 1993 NASCAR Late Model Champion at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield.
Richard Childress Racing Enterprises, Inc. (rcrracing.com), has set the standard for modern-era stock car racing teams. Based just south of Winston-Salem in Welcome, N.C., RCR has nearly 200 employees and fields the NASCAR Winston Cup teams of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt and 1997 Winston Cup Rookie-of-the-Year and 1995 NASCAR Truck Series champion Mike Skinner, as well as the NASCAR Busch Series teams of 2000 Rookie-of-the-Year Kevin Harvick and Mike Dillon. -RCR