“Once in a Lifetime Opportunity” – Kevin Harvick to Race Against Son Keelan in NASCAR Talladega iRacing Event

Published 04/21/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 16: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, poses for a portrait with his wife DeLana and son Keelan after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship following the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)


A proud Kevin Harvick revealed that his son Keelan will join him in the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event on Wednesday night. Young Keelan kickstarted his racing career a few months ago and is now set to compete with his dad in the online racing event.

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Keelan is quite excited about the opportunity and is already showing his competitive side, even to his father. Harvick said in a tweet that his son has already prepared for the race with his own spotter and does not want to share strategies with the NASCAR superstar. So Harvick will need to be up to the challenge.

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I just got this from @KeelanHarvick, Dad my spotter and I decided to do our own thing tomorrow. We don’t want you to hear our strategy’,” Harvick tweeted.

Kevin Harvick cherishes ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’

Harvick is a proud and happy man to be able to compete in the same race as his son. He would not have gotten the opportunity to do so in an proper race, obviously, and that is why he cherishes the iRacing opportunity.

“For me, this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to race against Keelan in an actual race, on a great platform that only iRacing could present to the two of us,” Harvick said.

“So, it just really shows that NASCAR is a great family sport. Looking forward to hopefully passing on my racing from one generation to the next,” he added.

LOUDON, NH – JULY 18: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The former Cup champion is quite invested in his son’s racing career. Recently, Harvick even helped create a custom-made arm cast for Keelan to race in, after the youngster injured himself. Harvick also accompanies his son to his races whenever he can.

Can Harvick return to his best form soon?

The Stewart-Haas Racing star is trying to navigate a tough start to the season himself. Harvick hasn’t been able to challenge for race wins at all in 2021. It comes as a bigger surprise after he won as many as nine races last season.

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This past weekend at Richmond, Harvick was running comfortably inside the top-10. However, some tire issues sent him smashing into the wall midway through the race, and he eventually finished in 24th place.

Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Harvick is highly excited to share the stage with his son in the Wednesday night iRacing race. However, he will also use it as a chance to have a fresh look at Talladega before Sunday’s actual race.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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