Towards the end of the season, reports started flying that Kevin Harvick would be leaving Richard Childress Racing and moving to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. Harvick has been a full-time Cup driver for 12 seasons and each of those have been with RCR. No one has confirmed these rumors but Richard Childress did have this to say.
“If you want to talk about that bull … what (you) need to do is have somebody from over there to confirm it,” Childress said. “Right now, he’s driving for me in ’13…so I ain’t even going to talk about it to nobody.”
Stewart-Haas Racing ended 2012 with two full-time drivers, owner Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. In 2013, SHR will add Danica Patrick to that list. SHR has had the goal of having a four car team since its formation. SHR has not confirmed the reports of adding Harvick to their list of high-profile drivers.
RCR currently has three drivers, Harvick, Jeff Burton and Paul Menard. Clint Bowery left in 2011 after RCR failed to find sponsorship and he now drives for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Childress picked up Harvick in 2001 after the death of Dale Earnhardt. The car number was changed from 3 to 29 and three races into his career, Harvick was in victory lane. In 12 seasons, he has 19 wins, 91 top-5s and 188 top-10s. Kevin has been in contention for the Sprint Cup Championship but has never won it. RCR hasn’t had a driver win a Cup Championship since 1994.
Every driver wants to be with a team that is going to give him or her the best chance at holding up that Cup at the end of the season and Kevin Harvick is no different. Look for Harvick to run strong in 2013 and if rumors are true, even stronger in 2014. He could be a big asset to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 and a benefit to newcomer Danica Patrick.
Harvick needs a good strong team behind him for him to have a real chance at winning that coveted Championship and maybe a change will be the thing he needs. For now, Harvick will still be in the 29 for Richard Childress Racing. He finished the 2012 season 8th in standings with 1 win in his pocket. While many reliable sources have confirmed that he will leave RCR in 2014, Harvick himself has not yet confirmed it so until then, it looks like his foreseeable future is with Richard Childress.