NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick is currently making the media rounds in Los Angeles as part of a West Coast “Champion’s Tour,” but this morning, he made a special stop in his hometown.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver, along with crew chief Rodney Childers, paid a visit to Harvick’s old alma mater, North High School in Bakersfield, California – with the Cup in tow.
Harvick was a member of North High’s wrestling team, and helped to refurbish the school’s wrestling rooms in 2008 through his foundation.
Local television station KBFX also followed Harvick into the North High gym to greet the students and showed a bit of his speech as well. You can check out the video here.
IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.
Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.
Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.
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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”
According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.
Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.
Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).