Where Champions are Made
Hendrick Motorsports is among the elite when it comes to NASCAR racing. It was started in 1984 by its founder Joseph Riddick Hendrick III who is better known as just Rick in the racing world. A 90 acre facility with over 500 employees where each car is built from concept to finished product is located in Concord, North Carolina.
In the beginning there was only one racing team and it was the #5 car driven by Geoff Bodine. Now there are four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams currently running under their banner and they have become a powerhouse in NASCAR racing.
In 2008 Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the team. He drives the #88 car and his sponsors include AMP (from Pepsi's Mountain Dew) and the National Guard. He has been a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver since 2000.
Jimmie Johnson who is a two time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion has driven for Hendrick since 2002. He drives the #48 car which is sponsored by Lowes.
In the #5 car you have Casey Mears. He is the youngest driver on the team. He got his first win in 2007 at the Coca-Cola 600 which is held every Memorial Day weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
The #24 car is driven by Jeff Gordon. He has been with Hendrick since 1993. He has won the NASCAR Championship 4 times. He has won many titles including Nationwide Series rookie of the year in 1991. His car is sponsored by DuPont and Pepsi.
A 15,000 square foot museum and team store is also at the facility in Concord. There are no guided tours through the facility but visitors are free to walk though the museum and race shops and buy merchandise at their favorite racing team's store. The facility is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday–Friday and is closed for all major holidays.
In NASCAR racing Hendrick Motorsports is a giant. They have some of the top drivers throughout NASCAR and have won seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships.
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