Fox Sports will announce that driver Kevin Harvick will return to the network as an analyst on selected Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races this season. It continues Fox’s practice of using current racers as analysts and according to Sports Business Daily, it plans to announce other current drivers to join its announcing crew as well.
Harvick is 41 years old and is beginning to look at television as a post-racing career. He’ll be in the booth for five Xfinity and three Camping World Truck Series races. Harvick’s first event will be the Xfinity Series opener at Daytona on February 25. That’s up from calling one Xfinity race in Daytona last year.
In addition to his work in the booth, Harvick will be an analyst on FS1’s NASCAR Race Hub.
“I really enjoy calling races,” Harvick said. “I enjoy the perspective of sitting up there and trying to figure out what’s going on. I also want to be a part of watching these young guys come up through the NASCAR Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series and have the experience of having been in the booth when they raced because, ultimately, it’s something I want to do down the road when I’m done driving.”
Other current drivers who have joined Fox’s NASCAR coverage include Brad Keselowski, Danica Patrick, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin.
Fox Sports President Eric Shanks praised Harvick’s work in the booth:
“In his first few minutes in the FOX NASCAR booth at Daytona in 2015, Kevin Harvick quickly proved himself a natural as an analyst,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer. “He offers thought-provoking analysis each time he speaks, and does so in a concise and entertaining manner. We are thrilled to have him back this season for an expanded schedule of races.”
With Fox/FS1 airing the first 16 NASCAR Cup series races, 14 Xfinity races and the entire Truck Series races, using current drivers gives the network an added perspective. And it’s a great way to audition future analysts.