HARVICK EXCITED FOR DEBUT WITH THE PORTER-CABLE RACING TEAM -- March 11, 1999 -- After a five-month hiatus from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Kevin Harvick can't wait for the 1999 season to begin. But this year he is even more excited for...
HARVICK EXCITED FOR DEBUT WITH THE PORTER-CABLE RACING TEAM
-- March 11, 1999 -- After a five-month hiatus from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Kevin Harvick can't wait for the 1999 season to begin. But this year he is even more excited for the start of the season as he will introduce a completely new race package at Miami-Homestead Speedway for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 on Saturday, March 20.
After running the past two seasons with the No. 75 Spears Chevrolet team, Harvick will now be behind the wheel of the No. 98 Porter-Cable Power Tools Ford F-150 out of the Liberty Racing stables. "I'm excited about joining Liberty Racing because of the opportunity they offer to advance my racing career," Harvick said. "Being associated with a major sponsor like Porter-Cable and a premier team like Liberty is a great honor."
Besides a new team and manufacturer, Harvick is also thrilled about the opportunity to work with veteran crew chief Roland Wlodyka. "Even though I have competed in the truck series for the past two seasons, I know I still have a lot to learn," Harvick said. "Having Roland's experience in the shop and at the track is going to be a great asset to me as a driver and vital to our team's success this season."
Although he has worked with some of the biggest names in racing over the years -- Earnhardt, Richmond and Spencer to name a few -- Wlodyka is equally enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with a young talent like Harvick. "I thought we could win with this kid when we signed him," said Wlodyka. "After our first test, I know we can win with this kid."
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors will be keeping a close eye on the up-and-coming Harvick this season, including defending series champion Ron Hornaday. "Kevin's already showed good talent. He's a hard racer and he's got his head screwed on straight," Hornaday said. "Anything I can do to help that kid, I'll do."
Hornaday has already proven good to his word as he took time out of his hectic championship duties at the year-end awards banquet in San Francisco to lobby Liberty Racing -- a team co-owned by former NBA all-star Brad Daugherty -- to hire Harvick. "I can't thank Ron enough for the help he has given me over my career," said Harvick. "He's a good friend and great champion, but I hope to put together a run for the championship this season and make him regret putting the team and I together," Harvick adds with a grin.