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Harvick's car dented by skydiver pre-race at Texas

November 04, 2012, David Caraviello,

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kevin Harvick's race car was forced off the starting grid for repairs Sunday after a skydiver banged into the vehicle while landing during pre-event festivities at Texas Motor Speedway.

The skydiver was not injured, but a sandbag attached to him struck the panel beneath the drivers' side window opening on the No. 29 car. Harvick's vehicle was pushed back to the garage area, where it underwent about 30 minutes of body repairs under NASCAR supervision.

"Never good when the day starts with a parachute weight hitting our car," Harvick wrote on Twitter. "... Welcome to 2012."

The incident will not affect Harvick's starting positon in the race. The Richard Childress Racing driver, who stands 11th in the Chase standings, is slated to roll off 23rd.