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#4 NASCAR Team News and Links


OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Stewart-Haas Racing
Kevin Harvick (2018+)
Kevin Harvick Foundation
True Speed Communication (PR)

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Jimmy John's (16 races)(2017+)
Busch Beer (16 races)(2019)
Mobil 1 (6 races)
Mobil 1 Racing

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Stewart Haas Racing - Twitter
Stewart Haas Racing - Facebook
Stewart Haas Racing - Instagram
Stewart Haas Racing - Pinterest
Stewart Haas Racing - YouTube
Stewart Haas Racing - Google+
Kevin Harvick - Twitter
Kevin Harvick - Facebook
Kevin Harvick - Instagram
Kevin Harvick - YouTube
Rodney Childers / Crew Chief - Twitter
Freaky Fast Racing (Jimmy Johns - Facebook

STATISTICS
Kevin Harvick - ESPN
Kevin Harvick - RacingReference.info

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Team Address/Contact


Races [16+1*] that Jimmy Johns is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Daytona, Can-Am Duel 150* - 2/18
Daytona - 2/26
Atlanta - 3/5
Phoenix - 3/19
Martinsville - 4/2
Texas - 4/9
Bristol - 4/23
Talladega - 5/7
Dover - 6/4
Michigan - 6/18
Daytona - 7/1
Indianapolis - 7/23
Richmond - 9/9
Chicago - 9/17
Charlotte - 10/7
Kansas - 10/22
Homestead - 11/19

Races [16] that Busch Beer / Busch Light is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Daytona - 2/18, Clash at Daytona
Auto Club - 3/26
Richmond - 4/30, Busch Light
Kansas - 5/13, Busch Light
Charlotte, All-Star Race - 5/20, Busch Bucks
Pocono - 6/11
Kentucky - 7/8, Busch Light
New Hampshire - 7/16
Watkins Glen - 8/6
Michigan - 8/13, Busch Light
Bristol - 8/19, Busch Outdoors
Darlington - 9/3, Busch Beer Retro
Dover - 10/1
Talladega - 10/15, Busch Outdoors
Martinsville - 10/29, Busch CSR (Corporate social responsibility)
Phoenix - 11/12, Busch Light

Races [6] that Mobil1 Oil is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Las Vegas - 3/12, AYP
Charlotte - 5/28
Sonoma - 6/25
Pocono - 7/30
New Hampshire - 9/24
Texas - 11/5

There are FOUR race tracks (of 23) the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #4-Kevin Harvick has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
Texas, Pocono, Sonoma, Kentucky.(11-20-2016)

Contract Status: Driver: 2018+; Primary Sponsors: Busch Beer/Light 2019; Jimmy John's 2017+; Mobil1 2017+

became the #4 team in 2014 with Kevin Harvick was the #39 team from 2009 thru 2013 when Stewart became co-owner in 2011the #66 from 2006 thru 2008the #0 2003 thru 2005 and #60 in 2002, the first year for the team


#4 Team / Driver News

Kevin Harvick charges to first Coca-Cola 600 pole: After squeaking out the fastest lap in the second round of Thursday night's knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick left no doubt when it counted.[More](5-25-2017)

Special Busch Bucks scheme for Harvick at All-Star race: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Beer Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing, will be holding more than just the steering wheel when he competes in the May 20 NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. He'll also hold the financial fate of one consumer who will have the chance to take home a life-changing amount of cash.[More](4-17-2017)

Kevin Harvick leads Ford sweep of top five spots in Texas qualifying: Kevin Harvick needed a do-over in the second round of Friday's knockout qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway, but putting the extra lap on his tires proved well worth the effort. Harvick led not only the second round but also the first and third in winning the pole for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.[More](4-7-2017)

Stewart-Haas to appeal Harvick penalty UPDATE: Officials with Team Penske have not determined if the organization will appeal penalties handed down to the #2 team and driver Brad Keselowski on Wednesday, according to a statement from the team. Stewart-Haas Racing, meanwhile, announced it would appeal the penalty for the # 4 team of Kevin Harvick.(3-23-2017)
UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing team has dropped its appeal of penalties issued last week for an unapproved track bar slider assembly used during the March 19 race at Phoenix, according to a NASCAR spokesman. Crew chief Rodney Childers will serve a one-race suspension this weekend at Martinsville. Harvick was docked 10 points and Childers fined $25,000 for the violation. Harvick, on his weekly SiriusXM show, said: "It's kind of like growing up as a kid -- sometimes you get in trouble and you have to suffer the consequences."[More](3-28-2017)

Phoenix post-race penalties: The #2 team of Brad Keselowski has be assessed an L1 penalty following Phoenix Raceway. Crew chief (Paul Wolfe) has been fined $65,000 and suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 35 driver and 35 team owner points. The penalty was assessed for violation of: Sections 20.17.3.1.2 Post-Race General Inspection Measurements. Note: Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes. Failed the post-race rear wheel steer on the LIS.
In addition, the #4 team of Kevin Harvick has been assessed an L1 penalty for violation of: Sections 20.3.3.3 I-4 Track Bar Mount and Supports Note: Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes. Track bar slider assembly not approved. Crew chief (Rodney Childers) has been fined $25,000 and suspended from the next Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points event. Team has been assessed with the loss of 10 driver and 10 team owner points.(NASCAR)(3-22-2017)

Harvick to Host "Happy Hours" on SiriusXM SiriusXM announced that 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing and one of the sport's most popular drivers, will host a new exclusive show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, available to listeners nationwide on satellite radios and the SiriusXM app. Happy Hours will debut on March 28 and air every Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm ET, featuring Harvick's distinctive perspective on his sport and life outside the track. Harvick and co-host Matt Yocum will take calls from listeners and give NASCAR fans a unique view on the driver's life and interests when he is away from the race car. In June, the show will begin airing every other week.(Kevin Harvick)[More](3-14-2017)

Ford Performance Q&A Session with Rodney Childers Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Ford Fusion, has had great success at Phoenix International Raceway, having won eight times in his career. He's been most dominant over the last five years, having won six of the last nine Monster Energy Cup Series races at the facility, including four straight at one point. Crew chief Rodney Childers spoke about the team's two-day organizational test session at PIR last month, and his hopes for this weekend.(Ford)[More](3-14-2017)

Harvick up front this season, but can't get a win: Kevin Harvick has been fast to start the season, but he's been unable to translate that into any victories yet. He crashed at Daytona and was a victim of a late-race speeding penalty at Atlanta. However, thanks to the new point system, Harvick sits on top of the standings despite his 15.5 average finish.[More](3-10-2017)

Stewart pleased with move to Ford; #14 team needs sponsorship: The move from Chevrolet to Ford during the offseason was more than just an undertaking of putting new body panels on the cars for Stewart-Haas Racing. As part of the switch, SHR now solely relies on building its own chassis (the car frame) instead of getting chassis from Hendrick Motorsports. That change by itself meant adding people to the payroll and a lot more work to get ready for 2017. Team co-owner Tony Stewart seems pleased with how his team has converted to a new fleet of cars. Speaking at the Ford Performance racing support center, Stewart said Wednesday he feels confident his team has been organized well enough to make the switch without losing a beat. SHR doesn't build engines. It will move from Hendrick engines to Ford supplier Roush Yates Engines. Stewart said he felt the transition so far was smoother than he thought it would be when the team made the decision to change, a decision it did not take lightly considering Stewart's long relationship with General Motors and the quality cars and engines SHR had in winning the 2011 title with Stewart and the 2014 title with Kevin Harvick.
Even great performance doesn't always translate into sponsorship. While SHR will field four cars in 2017, Clint Bowyer, stood in front of a Mobil 1-branded car during the event even though Mobil just has a few races with Bowyer next season. The team has not announced an anchor sponsor for the majority of races for Bowyer, who replaces Stewart in the #14 NASCAR Cup car. "We're still working, still looking for sponsors for the 14 car so feel free to bring whatever you've got," Stewart told the media. The Bowyer car would run without sponsorship, if necessary, or with the Haas Automation logos of team co-owner Gene Haas on the car. Even with Ford support (manufacturers give teams money in addition to engineering support), Stewart said sponsorship is vital.(ESPN.com)(1-19-2017)

Harvick to be TV analyst for 8 races in 2017: #4-Kevin Harvick is scheduled to return to the FOX NASCAR television booth as a race analyst for eight NASCAR events in 2017, beginning with the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener from Daytona in February on FS1. Harvick also will contribute as an analyst on FS1's NASCAR RACE HUB joining a solid rotation of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and crew chiefs. He says he agreed to eight races, in part, to gain reps for what he hopes could become his post-racing career. "I really enjoy calling races," Harvick said. "I enjoy the perspective of sitting up there and trying to figure out what's going on. I also want to be a part of watching these young guys come up through the NASCAR Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series and have the experience of having been in the booth when they raced because, ultimately, it's something I want to do down the road when I'm done driving."(FoxSports)(1-5-2017)

Haas involved in purchase of Concord, North Carolina building: A Concord building developed by racing legends Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon has sold for $11 million. The 180,000-square-foot commercial and industrial structure, called Motor Speedway Commerce Center, remains in the NASCAR racing family. It was bought by a West Coast investment buyer, Pegh Investments, which is owned by Gene Haas, a principal in the Kannapolis-based Stewart-Haas Racing. The building, located at 6301 Performance Drive, is currently split between the corporate office and distribution center for Lionel and distribution space for Fanatics Retail Group. The structure was built in 1997 by a joint-venture group including Earnhardt, Gordon and Ken Barber. It's built on 16 acres within sight of the Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Charlotte Business Journal)(12-31-2016)

Harvick looking forward to move to Ford; Monster sponsorship: Kevin Harvick is optimistic about NASCAR's future after it was announced Monster Energy will be the new title sponsor of the Premier Series during Champion's Week in Las Vegas earlier this month. Harvick has worked with Monster in previous and current business dealings. During the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Monster served as the primary sponsor on Ricky Charmichael's #4 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Harvick. "When you look at Monster, we've dealt with them on (Ricky) Charmichael's truck, we deal with them on Donald Cerrone's deal, and they are a very aggressive company in how they want to approach things," Harvick said. "I think that will be good for us because as a whole, NASCAR can be, in my opinion, a little bit conservative. "I think Monster will add a little bit of edginess to that. All in all, I think it's great for the sport and I'm looking forward to seeing how they kick it all off."
The series title sponsor isn't the only change Harvick is experiencing during the offseason, as Stewart-Haas Racing continues the lengthy process of transitioning from Chevrolet to Ford for the 2017 season. That's a process the 2014 Premier Series champion knows will be an uphill battle due to everything that goes into making the manufacturer switch. "We'd be crazy to think there's not going to be some bumps in the road just because there's a lot of things that are changing," said Harvick. "But I think with the amount of people that we have to go through the transition to do the things that we need to do, I couldn't ask for a better group of people. I think it'll be a long winter, but with a group of racers that we have, we should fire off where we have been."
Overall, Harvick is confident the switch won't affect how competitive his #4 team will be, as well as SHR in general, at the beginning of next season.(Fox Sports)(12-17-2016)

Jimmy John's Renews with Stewart-Haas Racing: Jimmy John's, the "freaky fast" gourmet sandwich chain since 1983, has extended its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing in a multiyear agreement to continue as a primary sponsor of driver Kevin Harvick and the #4 team in the NASCAR Premier Series. Jimmy John's will be the primary sponsor of Harvick and the #4 team for 16 races in 2017, highlighted by the season-opening Daytona 500. For the remaining 22 races on the Premier Series schedule, Jimmy John's will serve as a major associate sponsor of the #4 entry.
"We are fortunate to partner with Kevin for many years in a very meaningful way," said Jimmy John Liautaud, owner and founder of Jimmy John's. "On and off the track, Kevin and (wife) DeLana Harvick are winners in all they do, and Stewart-Haas Racing has proven to be an excellent home for them and for Jimmy John's."
From humble beginnings in Charleston, Illinois, in 1983, Jimmy John's has grown to become a dominant entity in the quick-service restaurant industry. With more than 2,600 stores throughout the United States, Jimmy John's success is attributed to an innate desire to simply be the best. Its award-winning bread is baked fresh each day, and its meat and vegetables are sliced fresh daily. Its food contains no additives and no vegetable-based fillers. Augmenting the company's unmatched product is equally unmatched service, with every sandwich made fresh-to-order.
"I've known Jimmy since 2009 and I've personally seen how driven he is and how his work ethic is embraced by Jimmy John's franchise owners," said Harvick, the 2014 Premier Series champion. "He wants to be the best, period. And he'll out-work everyone to be the best. That's the same mindset we have in racing. I'm proud to continue this partnership with Jimmy John's at Stewart-Haas Racing."
"Jimmy's passion for quality products and service has made Jimmy John's what it is today," said Stewart, the three-time Premier Series champion who co-owns SHR with industrialist Gene Haas. "He's a savvy marketer who has seen the benefit of a NASCAR team sponsorship. We're pleased to continue our partnership with Jimmy John's because combining quality with quickness is what Stewart-Haas Racing is all about."(SHR)(12-1-2016)

Busch Beer renews sponsorship of Harvick: Stewart-Haas Racing announced in a Facebook video, that Busch Beer has signed a three year extension to sponsor #4-Kevin Harvick.
AND Busch Beer has increased its number of races with Kevin Harvick for next season as it goes from 12 races to 16 races as part of a three-year extension with Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick will have sponsorship from Mobil 1 and Jimmie John's for the remainder of the races.(ESPN.com)(11-3-2016)

Stewart-Haas Racing signs deal with Nike: Stewart-Haas Racing has signed a six-figure value-in-kind deal with Nike to outfit the team starting next season, when SHR switches manufacturers from Chevy to Ford. SHR did not previously have a sole apparel manufacturer and instead had different brands worn by team members. However, because of the switch to Ford, SHR will have to get all new apparel since Chevy's logo is on its current gear, and the team decided the time was right to go out and find one official partner. Nike will outfit the organization with various forms of apparel, and in return gets the exposure from the gear being worn publicly, plus signage on SHR's pit practice facility and weight room.
Meanwhile, [SHR VP/Sales & Marketing Mike Verlander] said that as part of the switchover from Chevy to Ford, SHR will also slightly tweak its logo. The new logo is not ready to be released, but Verlander said it will be a small change. SHR currently has a light blue logo, so switching to a darker shade to align with Ford's darker-blue logo is a possibility.(Sports Business Daily)(10-27-2016)

Roush Yates Engines preparing for Stewart Haas switch to Ford: One of the biggest stories of the 2016 NASCAR season played out early in the year with the announcement that Stewart-Haas Racing would switch from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017 - a move that caught most everyone off-guard. Now, with the season winding down, the countdown is on for that switch to become a reality and Roush Yates Engines is working behind the scenes to ensure it is up to the task of putting power under the SHR hoods. "Roush Yates Engines, right now, is in the process of increasing inventory and getting prepared," said Jeff Clark, Vice President of Sales for Roush Yates Engines. "We don't build the engines yet because technology is always changing but we are reviewing applications and potential employees - that will be more of a November/December item. And then acquiring the inventory, a lot of the parts in these engines require long lead-times. There are three, four, five or six months of lead time on these items, so we're trying to get the hard parts together and just prepare as much as possible for when it is go-time." Clark doesn't have an exact number of people the organization will need to bring on to fulfill the new workload but he knows they will be choosing from the best-of-the-best in the sport. He said they have received a lot of interest from engine experts looking to fill the void and that have led to numerous applications and resumes. He said management is poring over stats to determine how much the workload will increase to be ready for 2017.(Kickin the Tires)(10-17-2016)

ExxonMobil and Stewart-Haas Racing Extend Partnership with Multi-Year Deal: ExxonMobil announced it will be extending the Mobil 1 brand's sponsorship of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in a multi-year deal. Beginning next year, Mobil 1, the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR," will provide full primary sponsorships across SHR's four NASCAR premier series drivers. Kevin Harvick's #4 car, Danica Patrick's #10, Clint Bowyer's #14 and Kurt Busch's #41 will see Mobil 1 full primaries at various NASCAR premier series races throughout the year. At the same time, the Mobil 1 brand will remain an associate sponsor for all SHR drivers at all other races. "ExxonMobil and Mobil 1 lubricant technology have been integral to my success with SHR and my 2014 Championship, so I'm excited they're coming back," said Harvick. "I'm also honored to step in as the lead representative for the Mobil 1 brand both on and off the track."
Tony Stewart, who has represented Mobil 1 since the brand joined SHR in 2011, is retiring as a NASCAR driver at the end of the 2016 season. He will remain a brand ambassador for Mobil 1 in his role as a team owner, as he co-owns SHR with industrialist Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. Additionally, the Mobil 1 brand will be an associate sponsor of SHR's new NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2017 season, where Cole Custer will run for rookie of the year. The company has been providing lubricant technology support to the team since 2011, which helped Stewart and Harvick earn premier series championships for SHR in 2011 and 2014, respectively.
"With two championships already, our partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing has been pushing performance limits since day one. Finishing this year and going into 2017, we're ready to add more wins and titles to the collection," said Kai Decker, global motorsports manager at ExxonMobil. "Our engineers are continuously working to advance our lubricant technology and SHR plays a large role in how we test our engine lubricants - ensuring consumers and race fans are getting the best product available."
After announcing the partnership in 2010, SHR and Mobil 1 engineers began working closely together to tackle racing challenges. The 2017 season continues a collaborative engineering relationship used to develop lubricant packages and push technology limits to new frontiers. This relationship helps the SHR team win races and ExxonMobil continue to improve the performance of Mobil 1 branded lubricants with improved power, fuel mileage, engine efficiency and reliability.
"We're thrilled to continue our partnership with ExxonMobil for the 2017 race season and beyond," Stewart said. "They've been an incredible partner. "The success we've achieved has been greatly helped by Mobil 1 lubricant technology and our engineers working hand in hand with their engineers."
Including the 2016 season, the partnership with ExxonMobil has led to significant on-track success for SHR, compiling two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, 34 race wins, 140 top-five finishes, 266 top-10 finishes and 28 poles.
Along with its association with SHR, Mobil 1 is entering its 15th year as the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR." Mobil 1 is used by more than 50 percent of the teams in NASCAR's top-three series.(ExxonMobil PR)(10-7-2016)

Harvick talks about contract extension: #4-Kevin Harvick met with media at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday and discussed his contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing and more, the transcript in part:
Q) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SHR CONTRACT THIS WEEK. HOW GOOD DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE LONG-TERM SECURITY AND A DEAL IN PLACE?
Harvick: "I was hoping that we were going to get all this out of the way today so that we don't have to talk about it for several more years again. As you sit back and you see all the things that happened at the beginning of the year and I'll kind of give you guys (media) a little more background on how all this went. For me, I had an automatic two-year extension that the team held; but which everybody was understood that we were going to extend that option. But I think as you stood back and looked at it there was a lot of things that changed in the sport and within our team.
We had a lot of sponsorship things that wanted to do things further than really where we were. So, we sat back and said okay, let's mutually agree just to forget that contract and let's restructure everything and I think anytime somebody hears the word 'restructure' somehow within an organization or within a team, it was a mutually agreed restructure to extend the contract and make it go further so that we could extend our sponsorships and extend our relationships that we had to make them longer. You hear the scuttlebutt. It affects the guys in the shop a lot more than it affects me. I think it's kind of fun, to be honest with you, because I think a lot of you guys have gone through a lot of the things that we go through as drivers when you see somebody say something that you take offense to and seeing the internal squabbles between a lot of you guys kind of reminds me of putting us in situations. So, I think there's a lot that can be learned through this particular situation.
But I think as you look back and it got so out of control that I actually went to Kasey Kahne and I said look man, here's what's going on. And I told him there's not been one person that's called me from your organization and I want you to have the trust in your team. I want you to believe in your team. I want you to keep working on the things that you're working on, but here's where it's at. Here's what I'm doing. Here's what I see. Here's how it's going to go. And here we are up until last week still running around.
And I think for me, when you look at things and you say well, you can only say so much before you start crossing line or putting things into legal responsibilities and treading lightly on what you can and can't say. So, you put yourself in that position and I tried to be as up-front as I could with you guys to tell you exactly what was going on. So, it's all been great with the management at SHR. I never even worried about having to take phone calls or place phone calls or put our team in a position to go out, my personal team, in a position to go out and talk to other people. That was never the case. It was just extending an extension that needed to be put in place because in the end it's like I've said several times, I feel like I've got the best crew chief in the garage. Our team has been performing well and doing the things that they need to do and I like the challenges that face us in the future. That motivates me to have those things in place. And so, it's all been good. It's just been some crazy rumors that however they got started, they got started."
Q) HAVE YOU GIVEN ANY THOUGHT AS TO WHETHER THIS LONG TERM DEAL MAY BE YOUR LAST, OR HAVE YOU KEPT THAT KIND OF OPEN-ENDED FOR NOW?
Harvick: "Most everything we do is in four or five-year chunks. So, it's really until you get to this particular point in the last year of the deal it's really not something that you really evaluate until then. DeLana and I and everybody on our team tries to put as many things to bed as possible so that our goal is to always focus on being parents and trying to do the best we can on Sunday's or Saturday night in this particular case. DeLana and I talked about where we wanted to be and we set the goals of how we were going to do things for the next several years and we'll address those things then. But, you hear too many guys talk about retiring too soon and you watch Mark (Martin) do it into his mid-50's. So, I'm going to sit up here and say I need to retire at this particular age. I'm going to quit when I feel like I'm not having fun anymore or I'm not competitive. It's way too much fun right now being competitive and having fast cars and you feel like you're making up for a little bit of lost time at the beginning. So, it's been fun to kind of have that rejuvenated the last three years and really be excited about it and love being part of the team and organization and all the things that come with what we have right no. So, it's just a lot of fun and it's going to have to be pretty painful for me at the end of this one to just say I'm done because I'll still be in my mid-40's. I'm not going to commit to quit before it's too soon."
Q) THE BIG RUMOR WAS THAT YOU WERE DOING TO THE NO. 5 CAR NEXT YEAR. YOU WANTED TO RELIEVE KASEY KAHNE OF THE STRESS OF THAT. DO YOU FEEL THAT THIS HAS DISTRACTED YOUR DRIVING AT ALL?
Harvick: "I don't think so. Not from my part. I think it's probably been a distraction at the shop and to the guys on the team a lot more than it has me. I don't mind getting in the middle of some of these games. At this point, we weren't even really trying to play a game, but unfortunately it kind of turned into just a spiraling out of control rumor. But I felt like that was important. I feel like I have a good relationship with Kasey. I felt like it was important for him to know where his organization stood and the talks and situations that had been there were never even talked about. So, I thought that was important for him to know. That was probably two or two and a half months ago that I had that conversation with him. I felt like that was important because I knew that there was a lot of pressure on that particular side of things to get where they have been and where they're performing better and doing the things that they're doing on the race track. I just felt that was important."
Q) ON SHR'S CHANGE TO FORD NEXT YEAR, WHAT IMPACT IF ANY DID THAT HAVE ON YOUR DECISION TO SIGN THE EXTENSION?
Harvick: "I'm just happy to race to the end of the year and be competitive right now and worry about the things that we have in front of us. So, we'll worry about all that stuff when we get to the end of the year."(Team Chevy)(5-20-2016)

Harvick [AGAIN] debunks rumor of move to Hendrick UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing {#'s 4,10,14,41] announced that it would switch to Ford vehicles next year, since then one of its top drivers has been rumored to be jumping ship. But the sources and reports are bogus according to #4-Kevin Harvick. Harvick took to Twitter Tuesday to refute another report that he would be moving to Hendrick Motorsports in 2017. "Bunch of people making [expletive] up," Harvick tweeted. Harvick also denied a similar report(s) in February (and April and March)(UPI) and see Harvick's Twitter for more.(5-18-2018)
UPDATE - Harvick signs extension with SHR Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has signed driver #4-Kevin Harvick to a long-term contract extension. Harvick joined SHR in 2014 after 13 Sprint Cup seasons and his impact with the organization was immediate. In his debut year with SHR, the Bakersfield, California-native scored eight poles, won five races and led 2,137 laps en route to his first Sprint Cup championship. Harvick's title defense in 2015 was incredibly strong, as he won three races and earned career-best numbers in top-fives (23), top-10s (28) and laps led (2,294) before finishing second in the championship. Harvick already has a win, five top-fives, nine top-10s and 688 laps led in the 12 Sprint Cup races run this season. "It was a big decision to join Stewart-Haas Racing and it has turned out to be my best decision," said Harvick, who has won nine of his 32 career Sprint Cup victories with SHR. "I came to Stewart-Haas Racing to win championships. We have one, but that only made us hungry for more. I'm very happy to have my future secure with a team so dedicated to winning." Harvick will continue to drive the team's #4 entry and remain paired with crew chief Rodney Childers, who signed a multiyear contract extension last June. "Kevin's results speak for themselves, and in addition to those numbers, he brings a presence to our team that makes everyone want to work harder," said Tony Stewart, co-owner of SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. "Kevin Harvick has made Stewart-Haas Racing a better team and he will continue to be an integral part of our future." Stewart earned SHR its first Sprint Cup championship in 2011, with Harvick bookending that title in 2014. SHR is one of only five active Sprint Cup teams with multiple premiere series titles. "When you have talented people who consistently deliver results, you hold on to them," Haas said. "Kevin Harvick is an exceptional talent and we're very proud to have him a part of Stewart-Haas Racing for years to come."(SHR)(5-19-2016)

Romain Grosjean could run a NASCAR race this summer UPDATE: Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean's debut in NASCAR could happen as early as this summer, after Stewart-Haas Racing revealed it is now working on a plan to get the Frenchman a race entry. "We may give it a go. I think it would be really cool," he said after sitting in a Sprint Cup car on the day he was announced as a Haas F1 driver. "It's definitely on our wish list," Joe Custer, chief operating officer of Haas F1 said. "We just have to make it work - whether it be this year, next year, whenever that is. We're not sure. He's made it clear that he wouldn't want his debut to be on an oval - where he's never done it before. There's so much going on. We have to figure out the testing opportunities and all the things that would make it a success." Either road course race on the Sprint Cup schedule would be ideal for the 30-year-old racer with Sonoma (June 26) and Watkins Glen (August 7) both during off weeks for F1. But while Sonoma falls at the end of the Canada/Baku back-to-back run, the Glen race falls in the middle of the F1's summer break between the German GP (July 31) and the Belgian GP on August 28. "I'm not sure when it would happen, but it's on our list," explained Custer. "We would like to have him test. He would be a rookie. I don't think there are any barriers to any of this. We just have to figure it out and get it on the schedule. Then, five cars or four cars? Or does he work with another team in the garage. All of that. We have to work out the details and have enough time to make it happen."(Motorsport)(5-9-2016)
UPDATE: Romain Grosjean believes that his best chance of making his NASCAR debut will come at the Sonoma road course race at the end of June. Grosjean expressed an interest in trying out NASCAR after joining Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas' new Formula 1 operation for its debut season in 2016. "When it's going to happen, I don't know. It's 21 races, it's quite a tight schedule already in Formula 1. Of course you don't want to start on an oval, I wouldn't feel very comfortable." Grosjean's best opportunities for a road course appearance come with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 26 and the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen on August 7. However, the race at The Glen would cut into F1's summer break. "That's a problem," Grosjean said. "Sonoma is better I think." Should Grosjean be able to make his debut though, it would not come with Stewart-Haas Racing. NASCAR rules only allow four cars per team and no exceptions for rookie drivers as used to be the case. A possible scenario for Grosjean would be racing with the SHR-supported HScott Motorsports team.(NBC Sports)(5-13-2016)

Harvick reaffirms commitment to Stewart-Haas: Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, #4-Kevin Harvick again addressed speculation that he would leave Stewart-Haas Racing next season because of their move to Ford:
Will we see you in a Ford with Stewart-Haas Racing next season?
Harvick: "I don't see any reason why that wouldn't happen. For me I'm in the best position that I've been in with my team. I feel like I have the best crew chief in the garage. It would be pretty tough to turn around and walk out on everybody who has been a part of building everything that we have built so far."(Chevy Racing)(3-11-2016)

Roush Yates already prepping for Stewart-Haas addition: The addition of Stewart-Haas Racing to Ford in 2017 will mean an increased workload for Roush Yates Engines, the company that supplies Ford power to teams in all three of NASCAR's national series. But it means much more than the 60 or so additional engines the supplier will have to produce, according to CEO Doug Yates. "For us, that's four more top-notch cars, opportunities to win races and championships," Yates said Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "But the work starts now because we've got to get ready for next year." Yates, son of famed engine builder and former team owner Robert Yates, said his company currently has approximately 250 engines in its fleet for Sprint Cup teams. "We'll start building them up but next year, with four cars will mean about 60 more engines... Today we build about 750 Cup, XFINITY and Truck engines a year. At our road race shop we build about 250 a year. Obviously we will have to add some people. We feel like we have a good process, we just have to add volume." The benefit, he said, is it will be "a good opportunity to allow us to bring on more resources for the R&D side, more testing, more engineers. Just add depth to every department. It's exciting.(NASCAR.com)(2-28-2016)

Harvick comments on SHR switch to Ford: #4-Kevin Harvick spent part of Friday morning working with JR Motorsports. He's driving an Xfinity Series car for the team this weekend, and for him it appeared business as usual in a Chevrolet working with an affiliate of Hendrick Motorsports. He then went to the Sprint Cup garage to his full-time ride for Stewart-Haas Racing, also an affiliate of Hendrick Motorsports. If anyone knows how to handle lame-duck situations, it's Harvick. It leaked in November 2012 that he would leave Richard Childress Racing for Stewart-Haas Racing after the 2013 season. The fact that SHR has announced it would leave Chevrolet for Ford after 2016 didn't seem to affect Harvick in his routine at Atlanta Motor Speedway, except for reporters following him through the garage -- even waiting outside a bathroom -- to see whether he was upset over the move as a driver who has driven a Chevrolet his entire Sprint Cup career. Harvick said last month that he and wife, DeLana, work in five-year plans. The next five-year plan starts next year and has him driving all the way through 2021. Will that plan include SHR, or does it change after the announcement Wednesday? "My focus is the same as it has been since I started racing -- it is to go out and win races and championships," Harvick said in a brief interview as he walked between the Xfinity and Sprint Cup garages. "You've just got to follow along with what your organization thinks is best. I think they have the same interest in mind that I do -- and that is to compete for wins and championships." Harvick said he would be foolish not to be committed to his team and crew chief Rodney Childers. He won the Sprint Cup title in 2014. He finished second in 2015. He has led 4,431 laps with eight wins, 19 second-place finishes and 38 top-5s in 73 races with Childers. Most SHR contracts have appeared to be three-year deals with an option. If SHR picks up the option, it would take Harvick through 2017. When Harvick talked, he didn't mention the word "Ford." He probably can't since he has a personal services deal with Chevrolet. Although he has pitched Chevrolets for 16 years as a Sprint Cup driver, assuming he stays, he'll have to pitch something else.(ESPN.com)(2-27-2016)

Stewart-Haas Racing switching to Ford in 2017: Ford Performance announced Stewart-Haas Racing will switch to Ford as its auto manufacturer partner starting with the 2017 NASCAR season. The multiyear agreement means that, beginning with Daytona Speedweeks in February 2017, the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing team will race the Ford Fusion with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.
"We are thrilled to be able to add a championship-level team like Stewart-Haas Racing to our Ford NASCAR program," said Raj Nair, executive vice president and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company. "Tony Stewart and Gene Haas have the same passion for winning that we do, and bring a strong stable of drivers and personnel that fit into what we're trying to do in the sport."
"We have said very clearly that we are not in NASCAR just to race, but to win races and championships," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. "We believe the addition of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 will give our program a major boost in terms of being in contention for both drivers' and manufacturers' championships every year.
"We believe that our NASCAR engineering experience and tools match up very well with the expertise and personnel that Stewart-Haas Racing has in house right now, and that we will both benefit from this partnership going forward."
Stewart-Haas Racing will join a Ford NASCAR lineup for 2017 that includes Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports. Roush Yates Engines is Ford's technical partner for NASCAR race engines.
Stewart-Haas Racing will continue its current manufacturer relationship throughout the 2016 season.(Ford Racing)
AND: Stewart-Haas Racing, winners of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and 30 point-paying races, will campaign Ford Fusions beginning in 2017. The four-car team will compete with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.
"I am proud of our association with Chevrolet as they helped build our organization into the team it is today," said Tony Stewart, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. "This new partnership with Ford allows us to strengthen our position in the sport and ensure the long-term stability and success for everyone who is a part of Stewart-Haas Racing."
"Motorsports is an extremely challenging environment where in order to maintain success you have to constantly innovate. It's true in NASCAR and it's true in business," said Gene Haas, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. "We've enjoyed great success with Chevrolet, but this opportunity with Ford allows us to evolve while continuing to compete at the highest levels of the sport."
"From the very beginning of Stewart-Haas Racing we have fostered an environment of competitiveness, performance, teamwork and family," said Brett Frood, team president. "This future partnership enables us to continue delivering across these silos and exceed our commitments to our fans, partners and employees."(Stewart-Haas Racing)
Transcript: Read what was said in Wednesday morning's press conference on the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford press conference transcript page.(2-24-2016)

Busch returns to NASCAR in 2016 as sponsor of Harvick's #4: Busch announced that the brand will return to NASCAR, reigniting its storied history in the sport by sponsoring Kevin Harvick and the #4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing for select races beginning with the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Busch, Busch Light and other special-edition Busch paint schemes will be featured on Harvick's #4 Chevy for 12 races in 2016. The iconic Busch logo will first appear on the hood for the Feb. 13 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. Formerly known as the Busch Clash, this non-points exhibition race helped kick-start the brand's involvement with NASCAR 36 years ago. Additional races will be determined shortly after NASCAR releases the 2016 Sprint Cup schedule. "Busch's NASCAR roots go back to 1978 and we're thrilled to reconnect with these passionate fans that identify with our 'Here's to Earning It' message on a daily basis," said Chelsea Phillips, Director of Value Brands, Anheuser-Busch. "Kevin and the entire #4 team have been tremendous partners for Anheuser-Busch since 2011 and we have exciting plans to engage with the NASCAR community both on and off the track nationwide in 2016." Harvick has represented Budweiser since 2011, and in 2014 he and Budweiser moved to Stewart-Haas Racing. In their inaugural season with the team co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, Harvick made five trips to victory lane and won the 2014 Sprint Cup championship. The Busch brand, along with its current tagline "Here's to Earning It," has a time-honored tradition of rewarding hard-working men and women who "earn it" every day, which aligns perfectly with the NASCAR fan base. "Busch beer belongs in NASCAR," said Harvick, a winner of 31 Sprint Cup races, eight of which have come with Stewart-Haas Racing. "The entire Stewart-Haas Racing team and I can't wait to have the Busch logo on the #4 car next season as we work toward another Sprint Cup championship."
To celebrate their return to the sport, Busch will employ a comprehensive marketing approach to engage with racing enthusiasts and loyal Busch consumers through on-track, experiential, in-market and retail activations during the 2016 NASCAR season. TV spots will also air leading up to the season and during races, recognizing Harvick, his pit crew and fans alike who "earn it" every day so they can enjoy race weekends. "NASCAR provides the opportunity to further the brand marketing initiative of recognizing outdoor pursuits of our Busch drinkers and celebrate those hard-working individuals behind the scenes that help the #4 car perform week-in-and-week-out," added Phillips. In conjunction with the NASCAR announcement, and to remain in touch with Busch drinkers, Busch is expanding its social media presence by launching the brand's first-ever Twitter handle. Starting today, consumers can follow @BuschBeer and use the hashtag #BuschIsBack.
Busch has a rich racing history and some of the highlights of the brand's involvement in the sport from its beginning include:
Sponsored the Busch Pole Award in 1978, which was presented to the pole winner of each NASCAR Winston Cup Series race
Sponsored Cale Yarborough's #11 car throughout the 1979 and 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup seasons
Introduced the Busch Clash in 1979, held each year at Daytona International Speedway the week prior to the Daytona 500
Served as the title sponsor of NASCAR's stepping-stone division to Sprint Cup - currently known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series - from 1984 through 2007
Expanded involvement with racing via the Busch All-Star Tour in 1985, a series of dirt track events in the Midwest
"Official Beer of NASCAR" from 1988 through 1997
"Some of my fondest racing career memories to-date involve the Busch brand, including winning the 2001 and 2006 Busch Series championships," Harvick said. "The brand is historic and I'm looking forward to building the Busch racing legacy with all that we're able to accomplish in 2016."(Stewart-Haas Racing), see an image of one of the schemes on the 2016 #4 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2015)
UPDATE Anheuser-Busch will cut the number of races it sponsors Kevin Harvick next season, but company officials said Thursday they are committed to the sport and will reallocate the funds as it makes the transition from Budweiser to Busch as the driver's primary sponsor. Anheuser-Busch director of experiential marketing Nick Kelly said the company will use Harvick in more commercials and promotional material as it shifts from outfitting Harvick's car in the familiar red and white of Budweiser in 20 races down to 12 races in Busch's name and colors. Harvick will have sponsorship from Jimmy John's for the majority of the races, and the sandwich company is expected to absorb many of the races left open by Budweiser. The Anheuser-Busch deal with Stewart-Haas Racing runs out after the 2016 season, and Kelly said negotiations about an extension are taking place. Kelly said Budweiser will remain a part of the sport in deals with tracks, though he doesn't anticipate sponsoring races. He said the company has not had any talks with NASCAR about replacing Sprint, which will leave as sponsor of NASCAR's Cup Series after next season (ESPN)(10-8-2015)

Busch Beer to replace Budweiser on the #4: Anheuser-Busch's Busch brand will be the primary sponsor of a NASCAR car next year instead of Budweiser. A-B InBev, which has its U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, said Monday that Busch will be the new primary sponsor of Stewart-Haas Racing's #4 NASCAR car driven by Kevin Harvick for the 2016 NASCAR season. Budweiser has sponsored Harvick for several years. "The Busch brand is well positioned for this partnership given the brand's storied history with the sport," Lucas Herscovici, A-B's Vice President of Consumer Connections said in an email.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(8-24-2015)

Childers signs contract extension with Stewart-Haas UPDATE: Stewart-Haas Racing has signed crew chief Rodney Childers to a multiyear contract extension, maintaining the successful pairing with 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick. In his inaugural season as crew chief for Harvick and the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's team in 2014, Childers oversaw an outfit that won five races, scored eight poles and led 2,137 laps en route to the championship. The Childers-led squad became only the third Sprint Cup team to lead more than 2,000 laps in a single year since 2000, and of the 24 track qualifying records set during the 2014 season, the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's team accounted for six of them. No other team had more than four. Childers and Harvick haven't let up in 2015. They have a commanding lead in the championship point standings 13 races into the season thanks to two wins, nine top-two finishes and 12 top-10 finishes. They've also led 1,123 laps this season, or 25.99 percent of the laps available. The next closest driver in laps led this season is Harvick's SHR teammate Kurt Busch, who has led 659 laps in his #41 Haas Automation Chevy SS. Childers is a native North Carolinian who turns 39 on June 7.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(6-5-2015)
UPDATE: The deal will keep Childers paired with reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick on the #4 Chevrolet team for the indefinite future. Stewart-Haas didn't disclose the terms of the contract in announcing the deal Friday; asked how long the extension will keep him in the SHR fold, Childers simply smiled and said: "It's a long time."
"I said this last year, but Kevin's the last guy I'm ever going to crew chief for, so signing something for a long time doesn't scare me," Childers said Friday morning in the Pocono Raceway garage. "I think there's always going to come a time in somebody's life when they decide not to crew chief, and I feel like Stewart-Haas would do whatever they wanted to do if I got to that point to help me move into a different role or something like that. To be there and have that security and all that stuff is a good feeling for sure."
Childers said he had another extension in place on his current contract that would have kept him with Stewart-Haas Racing through the end of 2016, but said that the two sides agreed to start from scratch on a new deal. He said he and the team negotiated for "a couple of weeks" on the all-new contract and that talks went smoothly.(NASCAR.com)(6-6-2015)


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