Rick Hendrick is a self-described “gearhead” who turned his passion for the automobile into successful business ventures in the retail automotive and professional auto racing industries.
Hendrick is the founder and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, which today operates collision centers, accessories distributor installers and more than 120 retail franchises across 13 states. The company generated a company record $6.75 billion in revenue in 2013 after selling 180,000 vehicles and servicing more than 1.6 million cars and trucks.
In 1984, Hendrick founded Hendrick Motorsports. With a roster of stock-car drivers including Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the team owner currently is second on NASCAR’s all-time Sprint Cup Series victories list (1949-present) and leads all owners in modern-era wins (1972-present).
Hendrick’s teams have won at least one Cup-level race each season since 1986 – the longest active streak – and averaged more than 10 points-paying wins annually over the last decade (2004-13). He is NASCAR’s all-time leader in Sprint Cup owner’s championships with 11.
A leukemia survivor, Hendrick in 1997 chartered the Hendrick Marrow Program, a nonprofit group that works in partnership with the Be The Match Foundation. He also is involved