Thursday, February 12, 2009

Harvick watching his pennies

Not only is Kevin Harvick a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he's a NASCAR team owner. He has a Nationwide Series team and two teams in the Camping World Truck Series. One of his drivers in the Truck Series is Ron Hornaday Jr., who started his NASCAR career racing in Southern California and won a number of track championships at Saugus Speedway.
Harvick said the economy has forced him to watch more closely how he budgets his teams.
“Basically, there isn’t any part of the company we haven’t touched," said Harvick a driver from Bakersfield and driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. "We have gone from everything to renegotiating our travel deal, to deciding how many people you are going to have in the shop left behind. How many rental cars rented at the track. There is not anything within any of these companies that hasn’t been looked at, all right; this is what we are going to do. This is what we need to change and this is how many people we are going to have."

As challenging as it has been for Harvick to manage his teams, he said the two truck teams are in good shape. Hornaday, a three-time Truck Series champ, and AMA Motocross star Ricky Carmichael will be driving for Harvick in the Truck Series this year.
"We are a little bit short on the Nationwide," Harvick said. "We are committed to running that car the full season. All in all, everything from top to bottom has been touched and looked at and adjusted. There is not any company in the world that hasn’t done that, I hope with the economic times that we are in. I think as business owners, you look at everything and make the adjustments on the fly and try to do the best you can with all the knowledge you have.”

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