Kevin Harvick will leave Richard Childress at the end of this season to join Stewart-Haas Racing for 2014.
Childress confirmed Harvick’s move on Monday night, while Harvick did not confirm nor deny it when the news broke in October 2012. Harvick has been an essential member of the Richard Childress Racing team as he replaced seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt after Earnhardt was killed in the 2001 Daytona 500. He raced for RCR in every Cup race ever since, except for one race in 2002 when he was suspended. Childress confirmed Harvick informed him last October about leaving the team.
“We had a meeting and he told me his plans, and we discussed what we were going to do in ’13 — and he will do well over there at Stewart-Haas and RCR will keep going and we will keep moving forward. We will see how it comes out. Him and Tony will have a good relationship,” Childress was quoted as saying by Sporting News.
37-year-old Harvick won the 2007 Daytona 500 and finished third in the Cup standings in 2010 and 2011. He has 19 career Cup wins and two Nationwide titles with Childress. “It’s been a great journey. … Sometimes you just want a change of pace and that’s just kind of where I was,” Harvick said of his departure, adding he will do his best in his final season with RCR.