Harvick extends RCR deal until 2006

NASCAR rising star Kevin Harvick is to remain with the leading Richard Childress Racing team until the end of 2006. The team's long-time sponsor, GM Goodwrench, has also extended its contract with the outfit for the same period

Harvick extends RCR deal until 2006

GM Goodwrench first sponsored the RCR team in 1985, and became title sponsor of one of its cars in 1988. Most famously, GM Goodwrench was the long-time backer of Dale Earnhardt's black car. When the NASCAR legend was killed during the 2001 Daytona 500, Harvick was called up from RCR's Busch squad to replace him.

Harvick won only his second race for RCR at Atlanta, and added another victory at Chicago last year, despite struggling for much of the season. However, the driver has gained a reputation as being somewhat difficult, and there had been rumours that he was to split with the team after rows with boss Richard Childress.

"Richard and I actually get along great, and our sponsor is not going anywhere and our team is not going anywhere," said Harvick. "He has been very committed to me. Sometimes I wasn't probably as committed as I needed to be. I think we went down to the river one day and had a little talk and that was pretty much the end of that."

Childress was happy to have secured continues backing from GM Goodwrench, especially given that many NASCAR teams are struggling to find sponsorship. He said: "They've been flagship for many years as far as the stability of our race team and giving us the backing and long-term commitment that they gave us for me myself to go out and build and buy and make plans. It's just great, especially in these economic times that we're all in."

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