Rick Hendrick hospitalized upon return to Charlotte after plane crash in Keys



Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports:

“Linda and I have been overwhelmed by all the words of encouragement and genuine concern we’ve received. We are blessed to have such a wonderful support system, and our family is extremely grateful for the thoughts and prayers. We extend our sincere thanks to everyone.


“I’m so proud of how our pilots handled the situation, and we’re extremely appreciative of the folks in Key West who went above and beyond to help us. It’s good to be back in Charlotte as we regroup and focus on our family.”


CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 2, 2011) – Monday evening, a Gulfstream G150 aircraft operated by Hendrick Motorsports ran off the runway after experiencing braking issues upon landing at Key West International Airport in Key West, Fla.


All four people on board — Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, his wife, Linda Hendrick, and two Hendrick Motorsports pilots — were released from Lower Keys Medical Center early Tuesday morning. Mrs. Hendrick was treated for minor cuts and bruises, and both pilots were released without injury.


Upon returning home to Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Mr. Hendrick was further evaluated as a precautionary measure by his personal physician. He was diagnosed with four broken ribs (previously stated as one broken rib), a broken clavicle (as previously stated) and bruising. No other injuries have been identified.


Due to discomfort from the injuries, Mr. Hendrick was admitted Tuesday afternoon to a medical facility in the Charlotte area, where doctors believe the pain can most effectively be managed. He is in good spirits and is expected to be released by the end of the week.

UPDATED: Aircraft operated by Hendrick Motorsports runs off runway

In this photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, a Gulfstream jet lies on the ground after a crash landing Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Key West, Fla. Photo credit: AP

According to a statement released earlier this morning, all four people on board — Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, his wife, Linda Hendrick, and two Hendrick Motorsports pilots — were released from Lower Keys Medical Center early Tuesday morning.

Rick Hendrick was diagnosed with a broken rib and a broken clavicle, and Linda Hendrick was treated for minor cuts and bruises. Both pilots were evaluated and released without injury. All four have safely returned to North Carolina.

The aircraft, The pilot and co-pilot radioed there were no brakes upon landing and the plane ran completely off the runway at approximately 7:45 p.m., stopping about 100 feet beyond a 600-foot safety area that was added to the airport earlier this year.


The aircraft, which is joint-owned by Hendrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson Racing, remains in Key West.




CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2011) – Early Monday evening, a Gulfstream G150 aircraft operated by Hendrick Motorsports ran off the runway after experiencing braking issues upon landing at Key West International Airport in Key West, Fla.


There were no serious injuries to any of the four people on board, including two pilots, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and his wife, Linda Hendrick. All four were taken to a local hospital for evaluation.


Hendrick Motorsports is gathering additional information on the incident.

NASCAR Hall of Fame events/admission specials coming up


APPEARANCES -Tuesday, September 21/ 2-3 p.m.

FREE with general admission NASCAR Hall of Fame is playing host to several 2011 Nominee appearances in the Great Hall. Guests can get an opportunity to meet and greet NASCAR legends and stars during these one hour sessions. So far we’ve welcomed Bobby Allison, Richard Childress, Jack Ingram, Dale Inman and Ned Jarrett. Next week’s special guests are 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees Rick Hendrick and Darrell Waltrip!

 Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, and Waltrip, three-time champion of NASCAR’s top series, will be on hand to tell stories and take questions from guests. PLUS guests can watch TOGETHER: The Hendrick Motorsports Story, a documentary-style film chronicling the history of the nine-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship team. The film will show every two hours in the Belk High Octane Theater.     

Dale Earnhardt's winning No. 3 Wrangler Chevy Impala on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Photo by Karen Pistone


On Exhibit Through Sunday, Sept. 19 

 Free with general admission Don’t miss your final chance to view one of 2010′s most talked about race cars – Dale Earnhardt Jr’s No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet Impala. Driven to victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race July 2, 2010 at Daytona International Speedway, the car is on exhibit for only one more week. See it as it was from victory lane before it races away!   


Enjoy a special game day discount at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Just show your Carolina Panther game ticket at our box office and receive $2 off general admission  to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Valid Saturday & Sunday of correlating home game. Not good with any other promotional offers.

Red BUll Racing & Rick Hendrick’s statement on Kasey Kahne racing Red Bull Toyota for 2011

Red Bull Racing’s Official Release:

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Kasey Kahne will drive a Red Bull Racing Team Toyota in 2011, the team announced Tuesday.

“We were fortunate to have the opportunity to hire a very talented driver for the 2011 season and we took it,” said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team Vice President and General Manager. “This is a unique situation that doesn’t happen every day. Kasey is a perfect fit for our company, team and Red Bull.”

Kahne, 30, owns an impressive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series résumé. He has 11 wins, 17 poles, 47 top-five and 84 top-10 finishes and twice was a Chase participant in 2006 and 2009.

“This opportunity places me with an established, competitive team that has proven they can win races and make the Chase,” Kahne said. “I have great respect for Red Bull, so to have the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing Team in 2011 is a great fit for me, both personally and professionally. It feels good to be able to finally put this to rest and focus my energy on finishing the season strong for the 9 team and our sponsors.”

“This obviously all happened very quickly,” Frye added. “Over the next month, we will finalize the specific team details.”

Red Bull Racing Team’s final driver lineup for 2011 will be confirmed later this year.


CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2010) – Below is a statement from Rick Hendrick regarding today’s announcement of where Kasey Kahne will drive next season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series before joining Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 5 Chevrolet team in 2012.

“Kasey is going to a competitive organization that made the Chase last season and has great leadership and resources,” said Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “Of everything we looked at, he and I agree it’s the best opportunity for him to be successful in 2011, which was always our number-one priority.

“The process went on longer than any of us anticipated, but I’m glad that we took our time to make sure it was right. And although I’m not looking forward to racing against him next year, I’m comfortable knowing this is the best situation for Kasey.”

As announced in April, veteran Mark Martin will continue to drive Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 5 Chevrolets in 2011.

“We’re looking forward to another year with Mark Martin, one of the true class acts in racing, driving for Hendrick Motorsports,” Hendrick said. “There aren’t many things in this world I’d rather do than win a championship with him, and that will be our goal with the No. 5 team for the rest of this year and in 2011.”

2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominee: RICK HENDRICK


Rick Hendrick Photo credit: Getty Images


Rick Hendrick

Hometown: Palmer Springs, Va.

Competed: 1984-Present

Starts: 2,751

Wins: 193

The founder and owner of Hendrick Motorsports, Rick Hendrick recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as a team owner. His organization is recognized as one of NASCAR’s most successful. A longtime racing enthusiast and driver himself, Hendrick owned a championship drag racing boat team before founding, “All-Star Racing,” the team that would evolve into Hendrick Motorsports, in 1984. Hendrick’s current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable includes drivers Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin.

Hendrick Motorsports owns nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner championships titles – four each with Gordon and Johnson and one with Terry Labonte. That total matches Petty Enterprises for most all-time. Hendrick also has 11 total NASCAR national-series, car-owner championships, tied with Richard Childress or the most in NASCAR history. Gordon and Labonte combined to win four consecutive titles from 1995-98. In 2009, Johnson won a record-setting fourth 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, three-time series champion Darrell Waltrip and the late Benny Parsons, the 1973 series champion, also are Hendrick alumni. Ricky Craven, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Joe Nemechek and Kyle Busch are other well-known drivers who have driven for Hendrick.

Hendrick and his wife, Lynda, reside in North Carolina. Off-track, Hendrick is active in promoting awareness for leukemia research. He successfully battled the disease in 1996, establishing the Hendrick Marrow Program in 1997 to aid patients nationwide suffering from leukemia and 70 other blood diseases.


2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees released

The second round of nominees, which again includes many of the sport’s legendary names, were selected by a 21-person nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks. The committee’s votes were tabulated by accounting firm Ernst & Young. NASCAR Hall of Fame’s second induction class of five inductees will be chosen via a process that includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.COM.

Joining the 21-person committee this year is Jody Deery, owner of acclaimed quarter-mile short track Rockford (Ill.) Speedway. She replaces Tom Blackwell, former owner of Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, who passed away in April.

The HOF’s inductees will be determined by the Voting Panel, which has 53 members – the entire Nominating Committee, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs) and recognized industry leaders. In addition, the fan vote will result in the Voting Panel’s 53rd and final ballot. Four new members will join the Voting Panel this year: Richard Petty, Kyle Petty of TNT, legendary media member Chris Economaki, and Jim Campbell of Chevrolet.

Following are the 25 nominees.  I will be highlighting each nominee over the next few weeks.  

  1. Bobby Allison, 1983 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of 84 races
  2. Buck Baker, first driver to win consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships
  3. Red Byron, first NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, in 1949
  4. Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series
  5. Jerry Cook, six-time NASCAR Modified champion
  6. Richie Evans, nine-time NASCAR Modified champion
  7. Tim Flock, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion
  8. Rick Hendrick, 12-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series
  9. Jack Ingram, two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion
  10. Dale Inman, eight-time NASCAR Sprint Cup championship crew chief
  11. Ned Jarrett, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion
  12. Fred Lorenzen, 26 wins and winner of the Daytona 500 and World 600
  13. Bud Moore, 63 wins and two NASCAR Sprint Cup titles as a car owner
  14. Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner
  15. Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion
  16. David Pearson, 105 victories and three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships
  17. Lee Petty, winner of first Daytona 500 and first three-time series champion
  18. Fireball Roberts, won 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 1962 Daytona 500
  19.  T. Wayne Robertson, helped raise NASCAR popularity as R.J. Reynolds Senior VP
  20. Herb Thomas, first two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, 1951 and ‘53
  21. Curtis Turner, early personality, called the “Babe Ruth of stock car racing” 
  22. Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 races and three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships
  23. Joe Weatherly, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion
  24. Glen Wood, as driver, laid foundation for Wood Brothers’ future team success
  25. Cale Yarborough, winner of three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup titles, 1976-78