Kevin Michael Harvick (born December 8, 1975) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 4 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and he also competes part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No.
Harvick holds the all-time record for wins as a Cup Series driver at Phoenix International Raceway with seven wins, four of them consecutively from 2013 to 2015. He won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2014.
JR Motorsports is a NASCAR team based in Mooresville, North Carolina, co-owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller, and the owner of his Cup ride Rick Hendrick.
The team also fields the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro part-time for Kahne. In the Camping World Truck Series, the team fields the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado for Cole Custer.
Harvick was born in 1975 in Bakersfield, California to parents Mike and JoNell (Fitterer) Harvick. He has a sister Amber. Harvick began kart racing at an early age, after his parents bought him a go-kart as a kindergarten graduation gift in 1980. Over the next decade Harvick achieved considerable success on the go-cart racing circuit, earning seven national championships and two Grand National championships.
In 1992, he started racing late models part-time in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series and he competed there while still in high school. While in 5th grade Harvick gave a glimpse of his future career plans when he completed a class project poster listing his goals as competing in NASCAR and racing at the Indy 500.
Harvick's father, a firefighter and fixture around the Bakersfield racing scene, built him his first car to compete in the lower NASCAR Series by using the money he earned to run his own garage, Harvick Motorsports. When Harvick could not race, such as in the winter, he competed on his high school wrestling team at North High School in Bakersfield winning a CIF Central Section title in his weight class his senior year.
Growing up Harvick also participated in baseball, basketball, football, and soccer. Originally intending to attend college and major in architecture, Harvick took classes at Bakersfield College. However he found his heart was in racing and dropped out to continue his racing career full-time.