Indianapolis: Kevin Harvick preview

KEVIN HARVICK Return to Indy Dominance HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., (August 2, 2005) -- The momentum that Kevin Harvick and the GM Goodwrench race team had been looking for all summer seems to have made its way back to the No. 29. Harvick...

Return to Indy Dominance

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., (August 2, 2005) -- The momentum that Kevin Harvick and the GM Goodwrench race team had been looking for all summer seems to have made its way back to the No. 29. Harvick posted another top-10 finish at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway two weeks ago and after a much needed weekend off, the Welcome, N.C., based Richard Childress Racing team is poised and ready for this weekend's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

As the 2003 winner of the 400-mile race at the famed Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway, Harvick knows a thing or two about getting around the Brickyard. The GM Goodwrench team tested at the track a few weeks ago and feel very confident coming into the weekend.

"We have always run well at Indy," said Harvick. "Obviously, winning there was a real big deal for us. It ranks right up there with anything we've ever done, so it is definitely a place we like to come to."

Harvick has many memories from his Brickyard 400 win two years ago. But, despite the burnout that required the entire front straightaway and the energy of victory lane, it was a more subdued memory that stands out most for the Bakersfield, Calif., native.

"The most memorable part of winning was probably the victory lap after victory lane and kissing the bricks and everything," Harvick said. "To see all the people that stayed long after the checkered flag and take it all in on a slow victory lap around the track (in a pace car) with DeLana and Richard was the most memorable part of the entire weekend."

Points of Interest...

* Chase for the Championship...The GM Goodwrench Chevrolet moved up one position in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points standings after Pocono. Harvick's sixth place finish moved him to 13th overall, 500 points out of first. He just 73 points shy of the Chase for the Championship with six races to go.

* Last Year at the Brickyard 400... Kevin Harvick and his No. 29 GM Goodwrench racing team demonstrated at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that even when they're down, they're never out. After struggling through three-quarters of Sunday's Brickyard 400, they were one of only a few to take two-tires late in the race. That gave the silver and black racing machine enough fresh rubber to pick up eight spots in the final 15 laps and post an eighth place finish.

* Vote... GM Goodwrench, a division of General Motors Service and Parts Operations (GMSPO), has announced that for the first time in their history of NASCAR involvement, fans will have the opportunity to pick the standard paint scheme for the No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. NASCAR fans can log onto between July 15 and the end of August to vote between the current "flame" design and the "20th Anniversary" scheme that Harvick raced in the 2005 Daytona 500. The winner will be announced in October.

* What Ya' Haulin'...The GM Goodwrench transporter will unload chassis No. 137 in The Hoosier State. Harvick finished eighth and sixth respectfully with the car at Pocono, a track many say has similar characteristics to Indianapolis. The GM Goodwrench team also raced the chassis at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600 (14th) and at Darlington Raceway (14th).

* TV and Radio... Start time for Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is 2:30 p.m. EDT. The race can be seen on NBC and heard on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network (MRN/PRN affiliates) and XM Channel 144.

No. 29 GM Goodwrench driver Kevin Harvick on Indianapolis Motor Speedway...

What's the key to winning at Indy?

"Track position. You obviously have to have a good car, but you have to play your pit strategy right and put yourself in position for that last run. Every year that I've been there that's how it's worked out. It's one of those things where you need four tires on your car, but you also have to put yourself in the front of the pack so you don't get stuck in a big glob."

How do you approach the corners at "The Brickyard"?

"Turns one and three are a lot alike. You carry a lot of speed off into the corners and need to be careful. As you come into turns two and four, they're virtually identical. You want to set yourself up good into those corners so you don't have to let up very much getting through those corners. That will help you get off the corner better and back down the longer straight-aways. It's kind of a balance between getting down the straight-aways really fast and also getting through the corners good."

You tested a few weeks ago. What was your impression of the new surface?

"It is really smooth. You can't feel any transitions or any bumps at all, so they did a great job with it. The track has a ton of grip. It looks almost like they painted it with the new surface, but I was impressed. Hopefully we can keep the tires underneath us all day."

No. 29 GM Goodwrench crew chief Todd Berrier on Indy...

How important is Sunday's Brickyard 400 for this team?

"We're all looking forward to going back to Indy, especially after what happened in Pocono two weeks ago. We have a little momentum going right now. We are bringing the same car we ran at Pocono to Indy. The nice thing about Indy is that we all know we can win there because we have done it before. The toughest part will be figuring out how to get the car off the corners and down the straight-aways because that's where you are going to gain and loose the most ground."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick
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