Kevin Harvick Incorporated (KHI) announced today that Chris Carrier would join the team as crew chief of the team's new No. 8 truck. The truck will be driven full-time by Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet Jr.
Carrier, a Bristol, Tennessee native, has more than 30 years of experience in the sport, winning at each of NASCAR's top three divisions. The East Tennessee State University Graduate has served as a crew chief at Morgan McClure Motorsports, Andy Petree Racing and Penske Racing. He most recently led the driver development program at Penske with Parker Kligerman. In 12 Nationwide Series starts in 2010, Kligerman had two top 10s, a ninth at Bristol and an eighth at Montreal.
The team chose to the add the No. 8 to their stable that included the No. 33 and No. 2 for some special reasons.
"The No. 8 was my very first go-kart number when I started racing, so it was always a number I wanted our team to use," said co-owner Kevin Harvick. "Nelson had also mentioned to me that he liked the number since he grew up racing the No. 33, and the curves of the No. 8 are reminiscent of that number. All in all it seemed like a good fit."
Piquet will make his first start for KHI at Daytona on February 18th. In five starts last year with Tom Deloach and Billy Ballew, Piquet had three top 10s, including a sixth in his debut at Daytona.
This announcement for KHI follows an announcement they made earlier in the month that Jeff Hensley would be crew chief of the No. 33 truck driven by Ron Hornaday.
Last year, Hansley spent the year at Red Horse Racing with Timothy Peters. He carried that team to one win, five top fives, 16 top 10s, two poles and a finish of sixth in points.
“We are proud to welcome Jeff to KHI and to be able to pair him with Ron Hornaday,” said Harvick. “Jeff brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge which we think will be beneficial to not only the No. 33 team and Ron but the organization as a whole.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of KHI and really excited to get to work,” said Hensley. “Ron is a tough competitor and we have a record fifth career championship that we are focused on for 2011.”
Hornaday is a four-time champion of the Truck Series and comes off a season where he finished seventh in points with two wins, 11 top fives, 13 top 10s and three poles.