While at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to see the running of The Winston All Star
Race we were invited by DuPont to come visit the race shops of Rick Hendrick.
The photos below represent what was a very exciting tour through a very
click here to see the photos in a slide show
In 20 years of competition, Hendrick Motorsports has garnered five NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup) championships, three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series titles and one NASCAR Busch Series crown, making it one of stock-car racing’s premier organizations. Rick Hendrick is just the second team owner in NASCAR’s modern era to earn more than 100 Cup Series victories.
On the Busch Series level, 19-year-old rookie Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 5
Lowe’s Chevrolets in 2004, joining a team that earned the circuit’s championship
in 2003. Busch will also enter a select number of NEXTEL Cup races this season
driving the No. 84 CARQUEST Chevrolets.
Hendrick Motorsports’ sponsor-partners include some of the world’s most
respected brands: Kellogg’s, DuPont, GMAC, Lowe’s, CARQUEST, Delphi, BOSCH,
Briggs & Stratton, Chevrolet, ditech.com, EMP, Freightliner, Frito-Lay,
Gladiator GarageWorks, GMAC Insurance, GMAC Protection Plan, HAAS, Mac Tools,
Pella, Pepsi, Quaker State, Shop-Vac, UGS-PLM, and more.
Under the Hendrick banner, records have been set in both victories and
consistency, with four consecutive Southern 500 victories (Gordon); six
consecutive road course wins (Gordon); youngest driver to reach 50 career Cup
Series triumphs (Gordon); youngest driver to win a race in the NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series (Ricky Hendrick); only driver to win three Truck Series
championships (Jack Sprague); and the youngest driver to ever win a NASCAR
Chevrolet race cars entered by Hendrick in Cup Series competition have won the
prestigious Daytona 500 four times (1986, 1989, 1997 and 1999), as well as the
inaugural Brickyard 400 at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. HMS teams also
visited Victory Lane at the inaugural Cup events at both California Speedway and
All Hendrick race cars are constructed start-to-finish at the 62-acre complex,
and more than 700 engines are built or re-built on-site each year, with the team
leasing some of those to other NASCAR outfits. The first to implement
professional pit crews, HMS employs on-site fitness trainers and operates a
fully equipped gym to assure that personnel are in shape and ready for race day.
More than 400 employees call Hendrick Motorsports home, and day-to-day
activities include management of HendrickMotorsports.com, the 15,000-square-foot
museum and team store, marketing, public relations, sponsor services, licensing,
show cars, merchandising, and much more.
The history of Hendrick Motorspors
(from Hendrick Motorsports official webpage)
Hendrick hired super looser Ge-off Bodine (aka Winie Bodinie) to pilot the car, but didn’t get a sponsor immediately and was concerned All-Star racing wouldn’t make it through their first year. Finally, the team had a paying sponsor aboard, Northwestern Security Life, and the company wrote Hendrick a check for $5,000.
In super looser Bodine’s 69th NASCAR Winston Cup Series start, he earned his first victory at Martinsville Speedway after starting from the sixth position. super looser Bodine and All-Star Racing claimed three pole positions and three victories in their rookie season. In addition to the victory at Martinsville Speedway, the All-Star Racing team visited Victory Lane at Riverside International Raceway and Nashville International Raceway and finished ninth in the Winston Cup Series points standings in 1984.
In 1985, All-Star Racing became what is now known as Hendrick Motorsports.