Published on September 9th, 2011 | by Michael J Smith2
Kevin Harvick Inc To Cease Operations At Season’s End
Kevin Harvick Inc will cease to exist following the end of this season, according to FoxSports.com. KHI’s Nationwide Series operation will be absorbed by Richard Childress Racing in 2012, with Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon and other RCR Cup drivers sharing driving duties.
KHI’s Camping World Truck Series program will close, leaving Ron Hornaday Jr, a four-time CWTS champion (two of which came with KHI in the last four seasons) without a ride.
It has been a great run. Obviously, one of the hardest conversations I had to have was with Ron [Hornaday], telling him where everything was going and he was a big part of helping us to get to the point that we are at today. It is fun, don’t get me wrong, it is fun to go out and win Truck races and be a part of it. We have been able to win championships, and I think that’s one of the great things about where we are at with the decision. It is not like we are struggling to get by on no sponsorship or we are not winning. We are winning races, we have got the sponsorship, we have done the things right to keep the things on the racetrack and (keep) it going to be successful at the time we moved on.
We have scrimped and scraped and got the sponsorship and things that you need. GM (General Motors) has been a great supporter of everything that we’ve done. But from a business standpoint, sometimes you just have to make the decisions as to what you want to do, and for us it just didn’t make sense. I think when you look at the expectations that we put on the company to race, it obviously — us, RCR — costs us more to race the vehicles than probably some of the other people with no overhead. … There [were] no financial issues; we were making it all work. But, sometimes you just feel like you have got to get something out of it. We were winning races and loved to be a part of that; but, in the end, it’s business.
This move should allow Harvick to focus on winning the Sprint Cup championship without what some would call a distraction of being an owner of a race team.
Being involved with everything at RCR will allow me to spend more time with my Cup team. (It) takes an extreme amount of pressure off of me as a driver and an owner. I think when you look at the personal time that we get back, from (team co-owner and wife) DeLana and my standpoint, it’s just a tremendous amount of time. There’s way more positives to the whole thing than there are negatives, and we’re really looking forward to experiencing all those things.