KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2010) — Kevin Harvick Inc. announced today that Doug George has been appointed crew chief of the No. 33 Longhorn Chevrolet Silverado driven by four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday.
George, who made the move to KHI in the offseason, began 2010 as crew chief of the organization’s No. 2 Truck Series team with Cup Series veterans Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick splitting time behind the wheel.
“This is a really great opportunity to work with Ron and the No. 33 team,” George said. “Ron is a dedicated driver with goals to win races and championships. I’m really happy that Kevin and DeLana put their confidence in me to lead the No. 33 team. We are going to work hard to take the best equipment in the Truck Series to victory lane week in and week out. Ron and I have known each other forever, both as competitors and friends. I look forward to working with him in 2010.”
Hornaday, the series’ first four-time champion and all-time winningest driver with 45 victories, feels confident with George calling the shots.
“I really like Doug, he and I go way back,” Hornaday said. “I raced against Doug for the 1992 Southwest Tour championship. He was always a great competitor. He’s got a confidence about him that makes him likeable and a good leader. Knowing all of the experience that Doug has I feel really good that he is coming to join our team. I think he will be a great addition.”
George replaces Dave Fuge, whose departure from Kevin Harvick Inc. was announced Feb. 17. Fuge joined the organization during the offseason and served as crew chief for the No. 33 for just one race, the season-opening NextEra Energy 200 at Daytona International Speedway.
Fuge took over crew chief duties from Ron Ren, who left KHI at the end of the 2009 season to serve as competition director for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Ren and Hornady won two Truck Series championship together, in 2007 and 2009.