Harvick defends title at the Brickyard

Harvick a monster at Indy

Kevin Harvick

For Kevin Harvick, winning at the Brickyard last year was one of his greatest thrills – even though he’d won here before.

Indeed, the driver of the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing was dominant in the race’s second stage on the 2.5-mile quad oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading five times for 119 laps after starting from pole and opening up a 6.118-second advantage over Joey Logano over its final nine laps to speed to his third victory of the season.

It was also his second win at Indy (his first came in 2003 with Richard Childress Racing) and it was one he particularly savored.

“I can’t tell you how much coming to Indianapolis means to me,” Harvick said afterward. “As a kid, I watched Rick Mears win the Indy 500 and got to be around him as a kid. He was my hero.”

The victory also locked up the 44-year-old Californian’s slot in the 10-race playoff, in which he continued the consistency that marked his 2019 season. He averaged a fourth-place finish in the Round of 16 and won at Texas in the Round of 8 to advance to his fifth appearance in the Championship 4 in six years. He’d go on to finish third in the Cup standings after taking fourth in the finale at Homestead.

Harvick will be in the field when the 2020 version of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard revs up live from Indy on Sunday, July 5, on NBC.

Full name: Kevin Michael Harvick

Birth date: Dec. 8, 1975

Birthplace: Bakersfield, Calif.

Height/weight: 5 feet 10 inches/175 pounds

No.: 4

Team: Stewart-Haas Racing

Make: Ford Mustang

Honors and Achievements: Cup Series champion (2014); Daytona 500 winner (2007); Cup Series Rookie of the Year (2001); Busch (now Xfinity) Series Rookie of the Year (2000); Busch Series champion (2001, 2006); Busch Series Most Popular Driver (2001)

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