No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
STP 400 at Kansas Speedway
Budweiser Racing Team Notes of Interest
• After scoring their third win of the 2011 season, Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet team travel to Kansas Speedway for Sunday’s STP 400.
• Harvick will be available to members of the media inside the Kansas Speedway infield media center at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, June 3.
• Budweiser is inviting race fans to join Harvick, members of the No. 29 Budweiser team and Anheuser-Busch employees by participating in Budweiser’s “Grow One. Save a Million.” campaign, which asks men to not shave leading up to World Environment Day (June 5). About five gallons of water are saved for each shave skipped (the average shave uses 3-10 gallons of water). Last year 1,200 Anheuser-Busch employees participated, and this year the company is expanding their efforts by reaching out to suppliers, partners, wholesalers, retailers and consumers, with a goal of saving one million gallons. Many members of the No. 29 Budweiser team have already started their efforts and Harvick last shaved Friday, May 27, and will not shave again until Monday, June 6. Fans can join the team by signing up on Budweiser’s Facebook page—www.facebook.com/Budweiser—to register their pledge.
• The No. 29 Budweiser team will race chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. The team utilized this race car three times in 2010, earning finishes of third (Kansas, October 3), eighth (Charlotte, October 16) and sixth (Texas, November 7).
• In 10 starts at Kansas Speedway, Harvick has earned one top five and four top-10 finishes. He’s led 83 laps, has an average starting position of 24.3 and an average finishing position of 14.6. Harvick has also completed 95.8 percent (2,503 of 2,613) of the laps run at Kansas.
• Harvick and RCR’s No. 29 team scored their best-ever finish at Kansas Speedway in 2010. Harvick started the race from 24th position, led 16 laps and finished third.
• Harvick owns several notable loop data statistics at Kansas as he enters this weekend’s race: fourth in green-flag passes (399), seventh in fastest laps run (59), eighth in average running position, eighth in driver fastest early in a run and ninth in driver rating (87.1).
• In addition to his Sprint Cup Series schedule in the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet this weekend, Harvick will fly to Joliet, Ill., on Saturday to compete in the Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc. ESPN will air Saturday’s STP 300 live starting with the pre-race show at 7:30 p.m. EDT. MRN Radio will provide the live radio broadcast.
• Budweiser and Harvick will celebrate Fourth of July this year with a special patriotic paint scheme that will be selected by adult NASCAR fans and featured on the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet during the July 2 race at Daytona International Speedway. Now through June 3, fans 21 years of age or older can visit the Budweiser Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Budweiser and cast their vote for one of three patriotic paint schemes they would like to see featured on the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet for the July 2 Daytona race. Voting is available in the “Pick Your Paint” tab on the Budweiser Facebook page, and fans can cast one vote daily during the voting period.
• Fans can also enter Budweiser’s “52 Weeks to Win” promotion. It is a series of weekly sweepstakes hosted on Budweiser’s Facebook page throughout 2011 offering adult beer drinkers the opportunity to win unique prizes, including tickets to sporting events and concerts, seasonal gift packages and VIP experiences. Official rules are available on the Budweiser Facebook page.
• For the online version of the Budweiser Racing media guide, please visit http://www.budracingmedia.com.
• Follow along each weekend with Harvick and the team on Twitter. Check out @KevinHarvick for behind-the-scenes information straight from the driver of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet. Get live updates from the track each weekend from @Black29Car, the PR team for Harvick. Also, follow @RCRracing and @RCR29KHarvick for additional information about the Richard Childress Racing organization.
Kevin Harvick discusses Kansas Speedway:
Talk about Kansas as far as them having two races and what do you expect from Kansas? “You never really know until you get to a particular area. Sometimes you look at two races – the old saying don’t make two mediocres out of one good, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I think California is a good example of that. With the people that they have around them that support the crowds, they’re probably a one-race track. Kansas has always been sold out and had a great atmosphere and had a great attendance. If both races are still sold out then it’s a success. If it’s not then you need to go to Iowa.”
The first Kansas race is going to be in June. Do you have to throw out all the notes and start over? “No, you don’t have to throw out all the notes. You will have somewhere to start. It really depends on what tire they bring as to what direction to go with your car. So you adjust to that and the tires are constant evolution. Goodyear trying to make things better and trying to make more technology and do things so you have to keep up with that side of it. The cars evolve constantly from an aerodynamic standpoint. The weather will probably be warmer so things will definitely change a little bit but it won’t be an overhaul.”