Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick says that next season he could be driving for a different team, but in all likelihood will be staying with a Chevrolet car.
NASCAR shifts to Talladega Superspeedway this week for the Aaron’s 499 where Harvick stated that he has participated in “many many many” talk with his car’s owner Richard Childress of Richard Childress Racing regarding the state of his contract following 2010.
Harvick did not elude to the specifics of other conversations with teams that he may have had, including Tony Stewart, who Harvick was mentioned as possibly switching to.
Harvick has been with Richard Childress Racing since back in 2001. He was the replacement driver after Dale Earnhardt died.
Harvick stated that he drives a Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series, and has no intention of switching car manufacturers there even with a team switch.
“Richard Childress and myself, we’ve got a great relationship,” said Harvick. “We’ve been talking about a lot of things for several months. It’s not anything different than we normally do at this time. The cars are running well. Everybody is communicating well.
“I don’t know what else to say other than Richard and I have had many, many, many conversations over the last several months. What that means? Right now I’m driving the No. 29 car.”
Even if Harvick remains where he is in 2011, he will be driving with a new sponsor. His current sponsor of Shell/Pennzoil will make the move to Kurt Busch next year, while Busch’s Miller Lite car will be taken over by Brad Keselowski.
“I don’t have any ill will toward anybody or anything like that,” Harvick remarked. “I don’t particularly agree with the way the whole situation was handled. . . . There’s sponsors that come and go. This particular situation there were a lot of business-to-business decisions that took place.”
ESPN reports that the team may be interested in Busweiser, which was dropped when Kasey Kahne signed with Hendrick Motorsports.
Harvick became irritated with all of the speculation and rumors circulating regarding his future in the Sprint Cup Series, and addressed it through Twitter.
“If you’re going to quote a source, quote their name. If they’re too chicken to give their name, don’t put their name in the paper. Anonymous sources are crap,” he tweeted.
Harvick sports 12/1 odds to win this week at Talladega on Online Sportsbooks.