GEARWRENCH and NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick recently partnered to donate $25,000 worth of tools to the automotive shop program at North High School in Bakersfield, California, where Harvick graduated in 1994, the tool manufacturer announced.
Harvick was on site to donate $25,000 of GEARWRENCH tools to the automotive shop program at his alma mater ahead of the Auto Club Speedway race weekend, where he drove the No. 4 GEARWRENCH car to a fifth-place finish in the last race at his home track, Harvick said.
“It was great to get back home and see everyone at North High School. I’m really proud of all the teachers and administrators who are a part of the school. They genuinely care,” Harvick said. “And I’m really proud of the fact that North High School promotes and values a well-rounded education – one that includes vocational training. Thanks to GEARWRENCH, more kids can be involved in their automotive program. Knowledge is power, and with an array of tools to tackle all kinds of projects, they’re able to do more and learn more.”
Harvick was awarded the $25,000 tool donation as part of a 2022 promotion with GEARWRENCH and chose his high school to make that donation. The tool donation includes a multitude of GEARWRENCH automotive hand tools and storage options, most of which North High School teachers had to previously supply on their own.
“We are so truly grateful for the donation of these awesome tools and experience these students get to have from now on being part of the GEARWRENCH family,” John Radman, automotive shop teacher at North High School said. “The students were so excited to meet Kevin and see what a big deal this was. It’s really moved them into another level and really makes them feel like winners.”
The donation comes full circle for Radman, who worked for Harvick’s father, Mike, at his auto shop for four years sweeping floors and learning how to fix cars, the teacher said.