No that is not a mistake! You read the title correctly! Multiple news platforms have announced, Kevin Harvick,that after 2013 and a 13 year career with Richard Childress Racing that he will be leaving the organization and joining his long time friend Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing.
After a rough season in the Sprint Cup Series, Richard Childress reportedly has gotten some even more bad news. ESPN’s Marty Smith has reported Harvick has signed a new multi-year agreement to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing beginning in 2014.
However, this doesn’t come as a surprise to me. I’ve felt in my gut that after the performance issues in the Cup teams and the competitiveness of Childress’ Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams, that he has made it a goal to prioritize his team for his grandchildren. If you needed anymore proof of this, well, Harvick reportedly signing a contract with Stewart-Haas Racing should be enough evidence.
Harvick won’t say anything in regards to his future plans other than he is focused on 2013 and his efforts for a championship with RCR.
“I’m looking forward to finishing out this season on a strong note with RCR and continuing to build our program going into the 2013 season with the ultimate goal of winning a championship,” Harvick told ESPN.com Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. “Anything beyond that, once I know what my future plans are set I’ll let you know.”
Stewart and Harvick have been really close friends and it makes sense that if Harvick were to leave RCR that it would be to drive for Stewart.
The 2014 plans depending on the accuracy of the numerous reports would make Stewart-Haas Racing a four car stable with Stewart, Harvick, Ryan Newman, and Danica Patrick.
As for RCR, Austin Dillon will likely move up to the 33 and I would not be surprised if you see Kurt Busch in the #29 car to replace Harvick making them a four car stable.