Back in black

Harvick has a new-look ride and is embracing a new role. Olaf Hauschulz for ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Feb. 21, 2011, issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Kevin Harvick glides a right hand over the left front fender of his Chevy. He nods just a little and grins before finally looking up at the photographers who are waiting to capture the 35-year-old and his shiny new ride. Between camera flashes he shouts to them, almost rhetorically, "That black looks pretty badass, doesn't it?"

Indeed it does.