It's a done deal. Kevin Harvick Inc. officially announced that they have signed promising rookie J.R. Fitzpatrick to drive for the team for the remainder of the 2009 season.
Fitzpatrick will be driving in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and two NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
He's a promising 20-year-old rookie driver, who started the season with TRG Motorsports, hails from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada and at age 18, became the youngest champion in the now NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
His first race for KHI, will be in the No. 4 truck in the AAA Insurance 200 on May 29 at Dover international Speedway.
The rest of his truck schedule has yet to be announced.
Fitzpatrick will also race in the following two Nationwide races, at the Aug. 8 Watkins Glen International Raceway race and Aug. 30 at Circuit Gilles Villenevue in Montreal.
This is great news that Fitzpatrick has found a new home to race at, one that will appreciate him and give him a honest chance to develop his skills.
I attended the Daytona truck race. I was impressed by the kid's driving. When a rookie can make veteran moves during the race at Daytona, they are the real deal and he's a future Sprint Cup star.
It's a shame that TRG Motorsports basically let him walk using lack of experience and lack of sponsor as the reason.
I'm sure in the coming years, they will learn what they had and wished they had hung onto him longer.
Being a KHI fan, I'm excited to have him on board, driving for my favorite team in NASCAR and like that old commercial said: "Baby Let Me Upgrade."
He's going to get the education of his life, from being a teammate of Ron Hornaday's, along with being around Rick Ren, John Monsam, Rick Carelli, Ernie Cope, Happy, Delana, and the rest of the KHI crew.
Now I hope this turns into a mult-year deal and just isn't for the 2009 season.
"This is a great opportunity for me and I firmly believe that I am joining the best team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series," said Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick has the tools, just needs seat time to develop them and having Horn as a teammate is a tremendous boost and he'll make the best of the opportunity.
"We're glad to have J.R. Fitzpatrick join KHI for the remainder of the 2009 season," said KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick.
"J.R. and I both got our starts in go-karts and he has taken, a path similar to mine, moving up through the stock car ranks, during his career."
"I feel like our equipment speaks for itself and it will be exciting to watch him attempt to take that next step in his racing career."
I'm just excited to have him back racing in the Camping World Truck Series, he's my pre-season pick for the Raybestos Rookie winner (along with James Buescher) and that it's with KHI just makes it all that more special.
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