The nickname V-MAX was given to this particular car due to the outstanding “maximum velocity” numbers it received during wind tunnel testing. V-MAX was first fielded in NASCAR competition by Hendrick Motorsports at North Wilkesboro Speedway in October of 1993 with Jeff Gordon behind the wheel and Ray Evernham on the pit box. Gordon was unfortunately caught up in a pile up on the first lap, which ultimately led to a 34th place finish.
V-MAX competed five more times during its short career, all coming in 1994, and achieved three top-10 finishes with a 6th and 8th at Pocono and career best 3rd place finish at Richmond.
Ray, Jeff and the Rainbow Warriors would go on to produce 47 Cup wins and three Winston Cup Championships. In 2006, Ray was named the “Greatest Crew Chief of All Time.”