Kernersville, N.C. (February 17, 2011) – This season marks the 10th year of competition in NASCAR for Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI). Team co-owner Kevin Harvick made KHI’s first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in 2001, narrowly missing the win by inches to series veteran Jack Sprague.
Ten years later Kevin and DeLana Harvick have two Truck Series championships to their credit and multiple wins in both the Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series with a host of drivers. With the support of long-time and new sponsor partners, KHI has grown to three full-time Truck Series teams and two full-time Nationwide Series teams which will compete for both the Driver and Owner championships in the two series this season.
As another step forward in the company’s growth, KHI announced today the establishment of a driver development program and has signed Gray Gaulding, a 13 year old up-and-coming talent, to a multi-year contract as the first participant in this development program. Through a partnership with Robert Hamke, Gaulding will compete in the southern division of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model Touring Series. The 2011 PASS season opens March 12 at Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, S.C.
In 2010 Gaulding competed in the Legends Division. He ran in 47 events and posted 16 wins, 8 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes. He also made his way into the Legends record books as he became the youngest driver to compete in the Legends Million race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
“Everything DeLana and I have done with KHI has been a natural progression and we feel starting this initiative is an important element in building a solid foundation for KHI to be a viable and successful racing organization for many years to come,” said KHI co-owner Harvick. “We’ve been fortunate to enjoy the success that we’ve had since 2001 and we’re really excited about what is ahead for KHI.”
During 2011 all KHI vehicles will carry a commemorative decal as the company celebrates their accomplishments over the last 10 years. Fans can purchase the decal online at Happy’s eSHOP located at www.kevinharvickinc.com and www.kevinharvick.com.
About Kevin Harvick Inc.
Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), established in 2001 by Kevin and DeLana Harvick, is an over 80,000 sq. ft. facility located in Kernersville, N.C. KHI enters 2011 in its eighth full year of competition with three full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams and two full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series teams. With a roster comprised of both up-and-coming and veteran championship-caliber drivers, KHI will compete for the 2011 Truck Series and Nationwide Series championships and continue to establish itself as one of the top teams in NASCAR competition. For more information about KHI and its teams, please visit www.KevinHarvickInc.com.