Harvick: Repaved tracks are more relevant to Indy

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Now that Pocono and Michigan have been repaved, 2003 Brickyard winner Kevin Harvick believes those tracks will be more helpful in preparing for Indianapolis.

There have always been perceived parallels between Pocono and the Brickyard, but the new, smoother surface at the Pennsylvania track lends itself more readily to setups that translate to historic 2.5-mile Indianapolis.

“I think you bring a lot more to Indy just because of Pocono and Michigan and how aggressive you can be with the front of the car and keeping the splitter on the ground,” Harvick said. “I think those race tracks apply more to each other than they have in the past.

“They obviously have applied in the past, but I think you can be aggressive at all three of them now.”

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