KHI, RCR Join Forces in Nationwide

E.Sadler NNS

KHI's No. 2 Nationwide Series Chevrolet, with driver Elliott Sadler, is part of the announced merger with Richard Childress Racing for the 2012 season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick, Inc. have reached agreement on a collaborative effort that will merge KHI's current NASCAR Nationwide Series program with RCR beginning in 2012.

KHI will continue to be involved on the business and competition sides with RCR, and co-owner Kevin Harvick will still be very active in the Nationwide Series program.  The No. 2 and No. 33 Chevrolet teams will remain intact with drivers Elliott Sadler in the "2" and a combination of RCR's Sprint Cup Series drivers behind the wheel of the "33" car.

"KHI and RCR have worked together very closely over the last several years," Harvick said.  "DeLana (Harvick) and I are fortunate that Richard has always been supportive of KHI over the last 10 years.  This merger will benefit our on-track performance and provide our sponsors with more opportunity off the track.  We will still be very involved and are excited about the Nationwide team's new direction."

RCR and KHI have enjoyed more than a decade of success in the Nationwide Series.  RCR earned 55 victories and five championships from 1999 to 2010.  KHI has earned 10 victories since beginning its program in 2004.

"A few years ago, Richard Childress Racing moved its NASCAR Nationwide Series efforts to Kevin Harvick, Incorporated to assist KHI in strengthening its overall program," said Childress, president and CEO of RCR.  "When Kevin and DeLana decided they were interested in consolidating operations, it made sense to merge our efforts.  RCR is committed to the Nationwide Series as part of our overall team and driver development efforts.  This move will continue the close collaborative effort RCR and KHI have enjoyed for the past 10 years."

Sadler is currently in the midst of a tight Nationwide Series championship battle, holding second place - 13 points behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - with eight races remaining.

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