“If we’re fighting, I’m kicking you in the leg.”
Kevin Harvick has thrown down the gauntlet.
The energy coming off of the four drivers in the Stewart-Haas Racing camp was easily felt as they kicked off the 2014 Media Tour early this afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Smoke, Princess Sparkle Pony, Happy and Outlaw all dressed in black.
Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are ready for 2014.
The most intriguing thing about the new SHR lineup for 2014 are the four big personalities that will be working together under one roof. Drivers that have butted heads and fought on pit lane have teamed up to create what could be the next powerhouse organization in NASCAR; possibly rising up to compete with Hendrick Motorsports.
With many changes happening within the organization between the 2013 and 2014 changes, no one really knows what will come out of the race shop until the cars hit the track at Daytona. With two new drivers and three new crew chiefs, the one question on everyone’s mind is…will this work?
Tony Stewart made it clear this afternoon that he has been cleared to race at Daytona and will be back in the car come speedweeks. With Chad Johnston on top of the pit box for Stewart in 2014, will this Crew Chief change work for Stewart? Coming over from Michael Waltrip Racing, fellow Indiana native Johnston will take over No.14 race duties starting at Daytona.
Replacing Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick will pilot the new No.4 Jimmy Johns/ Budweiser Chevrolet with veteran Crew Chief Rodney Childers on top of the pit box.
A surprising announcement late in the season brought Kurt Busch to Stewart-Haas Racing. Piloting the No.41 Haas-Automation Chevrolet, Busch was beaming with excitement for 2014. Former race engineer on the No.39, Daniel Knost will be on top of the box for Busch with the help from SHR Vice President Matt Borland. With a brand new team and Busch at the lead, this could become a very strong team.
The only team at Stewart-Haas Racing that will remain the same in 2014 will be the No.10 GoDaddy/Aspen Dental team of Danica Patrick. Back on top of the pit box will be veteran Crew Chief Tony Gibson who speaks highly of his celebrity driver. Gibson and Patrick made headlines in 2013 when Patrick became the first woman to sit on the pole for the Daytona 500.
With the most used work being “excited” or some form of it during the duration of their media conference, most being used by Stewart himself, the four individuals that make up this team are ready to get the season started.
Stewart-Haas Racing will be the team to watch in 2014 and bets are already being made as to which driver will cause problems first but one thing is for certain…with four of NASCAR’s biggest personalities under one roof, the amount of pranks and jokes that will go on in that race shop I would pay to see.
Like Harvick said to Stewart…”If we’re fighting, I’m kicking you in the leg.”