At the close of Kevin Harvick’s victory speech at the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards last December, the new series champion talked about the mantra of his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team: “I believe that we will win.”
“I would yell ‘I believe’ and those crazy guys in the back would yell ‘that we will win,’ and believe it or not, it worked,” he said at the time. “I sincerely hope everyone here has the chance to experience that same sense of support and belief of being part of a team.
“If it can happen to a kid from Bakersfield, it can happen to anyone – you just have to have the support of a team that believes in you.”
Harvick certainly has that in the No. 4 team, which is led by crew chief Rodney Childers. And as they prepare to defend their title in 2015, Childers has made sure their motto will remain with the team by putting it on the door of their hauler.
I had them add a little something to the back door for this year.. Good to see that every time u walk out 👊👊 pic.twitter.com/KKfdruW0AO
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.