The founder and owner of Hendrick Motorsports, Rick Hendrick’s organization is recognized as one of NASCAR’s most successful.
- Inducted: 2017
Rick Hendrick owned drag-racing boat teams before founding “All-Star Racing,” the team that would evolve into Hendrick Motorsports, in 1984.
Hendrick Motorsports owns an all-time record 12 NASCAR premier series car owner championship titles—seven with Jimmie Johnson, four with Jeff Gordon and one with NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte. Hendrick also has 16 total NASCAR national series owner championships, the most in NASCAR history. Gordon and Labonte combined to win four consecutive titles from 1995-1998. 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, NASCAR Hall of Famer, and three-time series champion, Darrell Waltrip (2012) and the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Benny Parsons (2017), the 1973 champion, also are Hendrick alumni.
Rick Hendrick celebrates with Jimmie Johnson in Victory Lane after winning the 2016 NASCAR premier series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2016. Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images.
Geoff Bodine leads the field at Martinsville Speedway en route to Rick Hendrick’s first NASCAR premier series win as a car owner on April 29, 1984. Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images.
1997 Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon (C) celebrates with NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte (L) and Ricky Craven (R) following their Hendrick Motorsports sweep. Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Image.