Kevin Harvick Inc. ended 2009 not only winning a driver and owners championship with Ron Hornaday Jr., but also needing to replace both crew chief's for its truck program and replacing Ricky Carmichael.
Kevin and Delana Harvick would add a couple of West Coast legends to reload their Championship Truck Program.
First, they added Dave Fuge to take over the reins of four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. and his No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet in 2010.
He's a former owner/crew chief/team manager of Xpress Motorsports, he led Mike Bliss to the 2002 championship and was team manager when Travis Kvapil won in 2003.
Fuge brings a wealth of knowledge to KHI, having worked in nearly every level of competition of the sport, and he has big shoes to fill replacing Ren.
"For me as a car builder and a former team owner, this is a dream come true," Fuge said.
"This team has been able to achieve all the things I wanted to accomplish but was never able to when I was a team owner."
It's one that I never would have thought of to step up to lead Horn and the 33 team and time will tell if it was the right move.
Second, they land Doug George. He will be the crew chief for the No. 2 team, that will feature Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and several NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers.
He comes over from Billy Ballew Motorsports, were he served as crew chief for both Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola.
George a former driver had success in several lower series, which will make him a great fit with the Cup drivers.
"I feel this is a really great opportunity with a world-class organization," George said.
"This company has proven they can win races. To be honest, I'm just really overwhelmed with the facility and the equipment they have to work with."
I like the addition of George to KHI, and he'll do well leading the No. 2 team.
Both Fuge, and George are excellent additions to KHI, have the experience, have the knowledge and should fare well leading the No. 33 and No. 2.
Source for quotes: kevinharvickinc.com
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