Hendrick in 2012
Joseph Riddick Hendrick III
July 12, 1949
|Residence||Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Occupation||Owner, Hendrick Motorsports|
|Employer||Hendrick Motorsports (owner)|
|Home town||Palmer Springs, Virginia|
|Children||Ricky Hendrick (deceased), Lynn Carlson|
|Parent(s)||Joseph Hendrick Jr. (deceased)|
Mary Hendrick (deceased)
|Awards||12-time NASCAR Cup Champion (as an owner)|
NASCAR Hall of Fame (Class of 2017)
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|2 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||63rd (1988)|
|First race||1987 Winston Western 500 (Riverside)|
|Last race||1988 Budweiser 400 (Riverside)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|Best finish||64th (1987)|
|First race||1987 Amoco 300 (Road Atlanta)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|Best finish||88th (1995)|
|First race||1995 Heartland Tailgate 175 (Topeka)|
Joseph Riddick "Rick" Hendrick III (born July 12, 1949) is the current owner of the American NASCAR team, Hendrick Motorsports, and co owner of JR Motorsports, and founder of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Marrow Program. He attended Park View High School in South Hill, Virginia, and began his career in auto racing at age 14. He is also a retired race car driver himself, driving in only four NASCAR races throughout the course of his NASCAR career. He is the father of the late Ricky Hendrick, a former NASCAR driver.
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Hendrick, born on July 12, 1949, in Warrenton, North Carolina, was raised on his family's farm.Hendrick, at the age of 14, began drag racing in a self built 1931 Chevrolet. Two years later, at age 16, Hendrick won the Virginia division of the Chrysler-Plymouth Troubleshooting Contest, a two-part test consisting of a written exam and a timed hands-on diagnosis and repair of defects planted on a car. While attending Park View High School in South Hill, Virginia, he considered being a professional baseball player. After high school, he decided to pursue a co-op work study program with North Carolina State University and Westinghouse Electric Company in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Afterward, Hendrick opened a small used-car lot with Mike Leith, named Hendrick Automotive Group. Leith, an established new-car dealer, was convinced to name Hendrick the general sales manager of the company, at age 23. In 1976, he sold his assets to purchase a franchise in Bennettsville, South Carolina. After doing so, he became the youngest Chevrolet dealer in the United States. Hendrick's influence increased sales to make the once troubled location become the region's most profitable. The success of Bennettsville was a precursor to the Hendrick Automotive Group, which now has 98 franchises and 10,000 employees across 13 states. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, his company had a revenue of excess of US$3.5 billion in 2009, after selling 100,000 vehicles and servicing 1.5 million, and is the sixth-largest dealership in the United States.Hendrick is also the chairman of the company.
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In 1997, Hendrick pleaded guilty to mail fraud.In the 1980s, Honda automobiles were in high demand and Honda executives allegedly solicited bribes from dealers for larger product disbursements. Hendrick admitted to giving hundreds of thousands of dollars, BMW automobiles, and houses to American Honda Motor Company executives. Hendrick was sentenced in December 1997 to a $250,000 fine, 12 months' home confinement (instead of prison, due to his leukemia), three years probation, and to have no involvement with Hendrick Automotive Group (which was run by Jim Perkins) or Hendrick Motorsports (run by his brother John) during his year of confinement. In December 2000, Hendrick received a full pardon from President Bill Clinton.
His main private jet is a Gulfstream V with the tail number N500RH.
In the late 1970s, Hendrick founded a drag boat racing team that won three consecutive championships, as well as setting a world record of 222.2 mph (357.6 km/h) with Nitro Fever. He then moved to the NASCAR Model Sportsman Series (now Xfinity Series), in which he earned one victory with Dale Earnhardt at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 1984, he founded All-Star Racing (now Hendrick Motorsports). With five full-time employees and 5,000 square feet (460 m2) of work space, he fielded one NASCAR Winston Cup (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) team. With Geoff Bodine the driver, his team managed to race in all 30 races to finish ninth in the final standings with three wins and pole positions. Throughout his career as a team owner, Hendrick has won 16 Drivers' championships (12 Sprint Cup Series, 1 Xfinity Series, and three Camping World Truck Series), 345 race wins (252 Sprint Cup Series, 67 Xfinity Series 23 with Hendrick Motorsports and 44 with JR Motorsports, and 26 Truck Series), and 290 pole positions (215 Sprint Cup Series, 53 Xfinity Series, 36 with Hendrick Motorsports, and 17 JR Motorsports, and 22 Truck Series). He is widely considered to be the most successful team owner in NASCAR history.
In the late 1980s, Hendrick owned the Goodwrench IMSA GTP Corvette driven by Sarel Van der Merwe and Doc Bundy. The car was actually built by Lola but resembled later Corvette models and was powered by GM's twin-turbo V-6 engine. The GTP team was based in a tiny shop on Gasoline Alley (formerly Roena St.) in Indianapolis, Indiana and managed by Ken Howes of South Africa. The team experienced mixed successes, setting track records and winning many pole positions but few races. The project was abandoned after only a few seasons. He currently has four full-time drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Alex Bowman.
On December 13, 2018, Hendrick announced that Jeff Gordon will take over the team once he steps down.
On October 31, 2011, Hendrick and his wife, Linda, were involved in a plane crash in Key West, Florida, when the plane landed long at Key West International Airport. Linda suffered minor injuries while Rick suffered three broken ribs and a fractured clavicle.
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|NASCAR Winston Cup Series results|
|1987||Hendrick Motorsports||25||Chevy||DAY||CAR||RCH||ATL||DAR||NWS||BRI||MAR||TAL||CLT||DOV||POC||RSD||MCH||DAY||POC||TAL||GLN||MCH||BRI||DAR||RCH||DOV||MAR||NWS||CLT||CAR|| RSD |
|1988||18||DAY||RCH||CAR||ATL||DAR||BRI||NWS||MAR||TAL||CLT||DOV|| RSD |
|NASCAR Busch Series results|
|1987||Hendrick Motorsports||15||Chevy||DAY||HCY||MAR||DAR||BRI||LGY||SBO||CLT||DOV||IRP||ROU||JFC||OXF||SBO||HCY|| RAL |
|NASCAR SuperTruck Series results|
|1995||Hendrick Motorsports||25||Chevy||PHO||TUS||SGS||MMR||POR||EVG||I70||LVL||BRI||MLW||CNS|| HPT |
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series results|
|1991||Hendrick Motorsports||15||Chevy||DAY||ATL||KIL||TAL||TOL||FRS||POC||MCH||KIL||FRS||DEL||POC||TAL|| HPT |
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