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Harvick: Working with Hendrick “a peek behind the scenes”

Harvick, who retired from full-time competition in the Cup Series at the end of last season, was asked by Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick if he would run Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet in All-Star Race practice on Friday at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway. Larson was taking part in Indianapolis 500 practice on Friday but

Harvick: Working with Hendrick “a peek behind the scenes”

Harvick, who retired from full-time competitors within the Cup Sequence on the finish of final season, was requested by Hendrick Motorsports group proprietor Rick Hendrick if he would run Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet in All-Star Race apply on Friday at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway.

Larson was participating in Indianapolis 500 apply on Friday however will return to run within the All-Star Race most important occasion on Sunday evening.

Harvick, who spent his whole Cup profession at two organizations – Richard Childress Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing – stated working with HMS in preparation for this weekend has been “eye-opening.”

Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro

Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro

Picture by: Gavin Baker / NKP / Motorsport Images

For one, Harvick spent Friday sporting a white fireplace swimsuit adorned by a brand, which appeared vastly misplaced. Harvick has spent the primary half of the season as an analyst for Fox Sports activities’ NASCAR broadcasts.

“It’s positively not the apparel that I believed I’d be sporting this 12 months, however it’s been a enjoyable course of,” Harvick stated. “I believe, you already know, generally there are telephone calls that you just react to in another way than others.

“When Rick (Hendrick) known as and stated what he wanted and I stated, ‘OK’ and everyone at Fox was variety sufficient to allow us to take the day to do what they wanted to do. So, it’s been a enjoyable course of to have the ability to undergo.”

Harvick stated SHR was good sufficient to supply him together with his seat and seat rails which helped make the becoming strategy of his seat within the No. 5 a lot easier.

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“That is that is actually extra for simply attempting to assist these guys out in a situation and I believe they have been simply searching for anyone that that had had been within the (Subsequent Gen) automotive,” he stated. “This automotive is quite a bit totally different.

“It’s very, very totally different to drive than a Xfinity automotive or any of the opposite vehicles that that you’d run. We’re actually simply having a superb time with it.”

Harvick stated the preparation Hendrick has put into simply his 50-minute apply session was spectacular.

“How the fellows have approached it with one thing that’s actually for a 50-minute apply, however we’ve approached it like we’re going right into a race weekend as a result of they wish to do all the pieces they’ll do to get Kyle ready to come back from the again of the pack to attempt to win the All Star Race,” he stated.

“So, it’s been very methodical with the way in which that that they’ve gone about all the pieces. I’ve finished all of the group conferences and been within the simulator and finished all these issues as we’ve led as much as it like they have been like they have been getting ready for the race so. Hopefully, I can do my half.”


Requested what, if something, struck out to him between the SHR and Hendrick organizations from his expertise thus far, Harvick quipped, “I imply, I heard from the proprietor twice in two weeks. So, that’s totally different.

“Simply the race store and the construction and the way in which that that everyone goes about it in another way. I believe the factor that stands out for me about Hendrick Motorsports generally is it’s actually run like a enterprise that is part of an precise construction of how issues movement and who you discuss to.

“There’s simply the depth of the enterprise facet and the racing facet is deep. I believe that that’s fairly eye opening simply from the construction of the entire thing.”

Whether it is his remaining alternative in a Cup automotive, Harvick stated he’s appreciative of the transient expertise with HMS.

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“I used to be very lucky to have a really, excellent race group Stewart-Haas. It’s simply, you already know, enjoyable to sort of get a glance, a peek behind the scenes,” he stated.

“You understand, I believe that that Kyle is superb at no matter he races. However Cliff (Daniels, crew chief) can be very understanding of the truth that he’s off racing different issues and the way they speak about issues and the way in which they undergo issues is spectacular.”

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