The founder and owner of Hendrick Motorsports, Rick Hendrick’s
organization is recognized as one of NASCAR’s most successful. A
longtime racing enthusiast and driver himself, Hendrick owned drag-racing
boat teams that won three championships before founding "All-Star Racing,"
the team that would evolve into Hendrick Motorsports, in 1984.
Hendrick Motorsports owns an all-time record 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
car owner championship titles – five with Johnson, four with Gordon
and one with Terry Labonte. Hendrick also has 13 total NASCAR
national-series car-owner championships, which is most in NASCAR history.
Gordon and Labonte combined to win four consecutive titles from 1995-98. In
2010, Johnson won a record-extending fifth consecutive championship.
Some of NASCAR’s most prominent drivers have driven for Hendrick.
Geoff Bodine was the first, snaring the organization’s first victory
on April 29, 1984, at Martinsville Speedway. The late Tim Richmond,
three-time series champion Darrell Waltrip and the late Benny Parsons, the
1973 series champion, also are Hendrick alumni. Ricky Craven, Ricky Rudd,
Ken Schrader, Joe Nemechek and Kyle Busch are other well-known drivers who
have driven for Hendrick.
Hendrick and his wife, Linda, reside in North Carolina.