Kevin Harvick brings Sprint Cup to his old high school in California (PHOTOS)

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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.

Andretti ‘getting closer’ to re-signing Alexander Rossi in IndyCar

INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
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TORONTO – Team owner Michael Andretti told that contract negotiations with both Alexander Rossi and Honda Performance Development are progressing positively with hopes of reaching a conclusion “within the next week or two.”

Andretti spoke to and to NBCN’s Robin Miller Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

“I think things are getting there,” Andretti said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re close. I can’t comment, but I think things are going in the right direction.

“Honda has been great. They’ve been really good to work with. I’m hoping we can put something together there, too. We’ve been part of Honda for so long. I think we are getting real close there.

“I’m hoping to have this resolved in the next week or two.”

Rossi, who is in the final year of his contract, finished third in the race, one position ahead of championship rival Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

That leaves Rossi just four points behind Newgarden heading into Saturday night’s race at Iowa Speedway.

Rossi’s agent is his father, Pieter. spoke to Pieter Rossi before the race, and he also expressed optimism that a deal will be reached soon for his son as the star driver, 27, enters the prime years of his career.

Andretti had separate meetings with Honda Performance Development officials and with Pieter Rossi in the hours leading up to Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.