Hunt Brothers Pizza Racing Driver
Kevin Harvick wrapped up a remarkable 2014 as the top driver in the sport, but his racing career started simply enough with a gift from his parents for his kindergarten graduation – a go-kart. The California native hasn’t slowed down since and has built an impressive résumé that includes 86 wins in NASCAR’s top-three divisions.
Harvick enters the 2015 season as the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion after sealing the title with back-to-back wins at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, the final two races of the 2014 season. He now enters his 15th season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ranks - ready to defend his crown - driving the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for a second season with Stewart-Haas Racing for team co-owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas.
In addition during 2015, Harvick will be driving for JR Motorsports team owners Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Rick Hendrick and Kelley Earnhardt Miller in the newly renamed NASCAR XFINITY Series (previously the Nationwide Series). And just as the series had a sponsorship makeover for the 2015 season, Harvick will be driving under a new number this year in the team’s No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro. He’ll pilot the No. 88 in 2015 with team members including Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kasey Kahne and up-and-comer Ben Rhodes. Hunt Brothers© Pizza continues its support for Harvick by serving as the primary sponsor of his No. 88 in four XFINITY Series races in 2015.
Harvick’s racing roots include competing in go-karts for 10 years, which earned him seven national championships and two grand national championships. He then moved up to full-bodied stock cars, competing at local race tracks in the Late Model Series before racing in the Featherlite Southwest Series, one of NASCAR’s regional touring divisions. Harvick ran a limited schedule at that level while he completed high school. He raced full-time in 1995 and scored Rookie of the Year honors.
Throughout his career, he has gained a reputation for being aggressive on the track, but off the track his affable attitude and ever-present smile earned him the nickname “Happy Harvick.”
When he’s not at the wheel, Harvick enjoys spending time with his wife and son, family and friends. In his spare time, he can be found golfing.
Harvick is also passionate about his philanthropic activities, which include working with his charity, the Kevin Harvick Foundation (KHF). He and his wife DeLana started the KHF in 2010 as a way to support programs that positively enrich the lives of children throughout the United States.Date of Birth: December 8, 1975
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
Racing Heroes: Rick Mears and Dale Earnhardt
Racing Moments:Winning the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Championship
Hobbies: Golf and spending time with the family
Charity:The Kevin Harvick Foundation - www.kevinharvickfoundation.org
Twitter: @KevinHarvick (personal), @JRMotorsports (XFINITY team), @StewartHaasRcng (Sprint team)