Rick Hendrick honored by Charlotte Chamber
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Rick Hendrick has been honored by the Charlotte (N.C.) Chamber, as the Chamber named the owner of Hendrick Motorsports its 2016 Citizen of the Carolinas. The Charlotte Chamber will present Hendrick with the award at its annual meeting in December.
“We’ve been fortunate to call Charlotte home for nearly 40 years,” Hendrick said. “It’s been such a wonderful place for our family, and now our grandchildren are growing up here. I cannot imagine a more giving community or a better city to live and do business.”
Hendrick is being recognized by the Chamber for his contributions to the Charlotte-area business community, his charity work with organizations including Levin Children’s Hospital and Together We Feed Charlotte, and his success in NASCAR. The Charlotte area is the hub of NASCAR activity, as most national-level race teams, including Hendrick Motorsports, are located in the area.
“Rick embodies the collaborative spirit that sets Charlotte apart from any other major city in the United States,” Charlotte Chamber CEO and President Bob Morgan said.
Hendrick became a Chevrolet dealer in 1976 and opened a dealership in Charlotte two years later. His City Chevrolet dealership in Charlotte is the flagship for Hendrick Automotive Group that is made up of 130 franchises in 14 states and employs over 10,000 people.
Hendrick founded his Cup-level race team in 1984, first calling it All-Star Racing before changing its name to Hendrick Motorsports. The $375 million race team fields Sprint Cup entries for six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott.