Posted By Pete Pistone
WELCOME, N.C. - Team owner Richard Childress told reporters on Tuesday's second day of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour he expects his team to win the 2011 Sprint Cup Series championship.
After Kevin Harvick came close to winning the 2010 title, Childress said he believes one of the four drivers in the RCR stable will rise up and end Jimmie Johnson's championship-winning streak at five.
"Nothing lasts forever in life," Childress said. "His time is going to run out and when it does, RCR wants to be there."
Asked about his prediction his organization would win last year's title, Childress said "I didn't guarantee it, I just said we was going to do it."
Harvick will be joined again this year by Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer in the RCR stable along with newcomer Paul Menard, who comes over from Richard Petty Motorsports with veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe. Childress believes the addition of Menard will make his team even stronger.
"He proved he's a deserving driver in the Cup Series," Childress said. "Made me proud to get him over here."
Harvick, who will have Jimmy John's as a sponsor of his No. 29 Chevrolet for six races this year with Budweiser his major sponsor for 20 events, feels he's ready to rise to the challenge in 2011 and take home the coveted Cup crown.
"We want to be as good as we were last year and we want that trophy," Harvick said.
Childress accentuated his positive outlook by assuring the crowd that not only was his team healthy but that despite some negative press of late, NASCAR remains strong in his opinion.
"Rome isn't burning," Childress said. "This is still a great sport."