Rick Hendrick is best known as the owner of Hendrick Motorsports and the founder of America’s largest automobile dealership, Hendrick Automotive Group. He is a former race car driver who competed in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Hendrick Motorsports has won 12 NASCAR cups.
Early life and education:
Rick was born as Joseph Riddick Hendrick III on July 12, 1949, in Warrenton, North Carolina. He began racing when he was 14 and won the Chrysler-Plymouth Troubleshooting Contest in Virginia at the age of 16. He attended Park View High School and later North Carolina State University.
When Rick was 26, he moved to Bennettsville, South Carolina, to work for Chevrolet and went on to become the youngest Chevrolet dealer in the country.
Hendrick Automotive Group had its humble beginnings at a used-car lot. Today, it has 130 franchises and employs 10,000 people across 13 states. The company sold 200,000 units and had a revenue of $8.4 billion in 2015.
In 1997, Rick was found guilty of bribing several Honda executives and sentenced to a year-long home confinement and probation of three years. He was pardoned by President Bill Clinton in 2000.
Lost his son in plane crash
Rick is married to Linda Hendrick and has two daughters: Heather Hendrick and Lynn Carlson with her. In 2011, he and his wife were involved in a plane crash while the plane landed in Key West International Airport. He had three ribs broken and clavicle fractured while Linda suffered minor injuries.
He also had a son, late NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick, who died in a plane crash on October 24, 2004.
|Birthday||July 12, 1949|
|Age||70 Years Old|