This afternoon, President Obama welcomed 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick and the Stewart-Haas Racing Team on the White House South Lawn. The event continued the President’s tradition of honoring athletes and teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.
During the event, President Obama also commended Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, for their work on the Kevin Harvick Foundation, which aims to help underprivileged youth excel as students. “Kevin — like so many others across NASCAR — is working to make a difference,” President Obama said.
— President Obama
Today, President Obama honored both Kevin Harvick; Kevin’s crew chief, Rodney Childers; and all of “Four Car” for their phenomenal season. Kevin Harvick drives the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. The President was thrilled to have Kevin’s whole team — including their shiny red car — here, too.
The President compared Kevin’s team’s chemistry to that of himself and his own Vice President:
— President Obama on the phenomenal first season for Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers
Kevin Harvick’s team used speed and a lot of smart pit strategy to win the 2014 championship. Throughout the season, Kevin won at Phoenix, Darlington, Charlotte, and then Phoenix for a second time. Kevin topped off the season by winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning both that race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Even more impressively, Kevin was only the second driver to win the championship by winning the season-ending race at Homestead.
Congratulations again to the reigning champions, Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing, on both the drivers’ championship and the owners’ championship – the whole team had a great season.
See the President’s full remarks honoring NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick here.