A plane owned by Hendrick Motorsports, a top-level NASCAR team,
crashed Sunday en route to a race in Martinsville, Va. A glance at
the Hendrick history:
Founder of Hendrick Motorsports, one of the premiere teams in
NASCAR's top series. Fields Nextel Cup cars for Jeff Gordon, Jimmie
Johnson, Terry Labonte and Brian Vickers. Celebrating his 20th year
in NASCAR this season. Has five series championships, three truck
series titles, and one Busch series crown. Just the second team
owner in NASCAR's modern era to win 100 or more Cup races.
Employs more than 400 workers at his Charlotte, N.C.-based
Motorsports compound, which includes race shops and a
15,000-square-foot museum and team store.
Also owns numerous car dealerships, and was accused in relation
to a bribery and kickback scandal involving American Honda Motor
Co. Pleaded guilty in 1997 to a single count of mail fraud
involving the payment of $20,000 to a Honda executive.
Was fined $250,000, but avoided jail time because he was
battling a near-fatal case of leukemia. Was ordered to stay in his
Charlotte home, and avoid the car business and his race team for a
Days before Christmas 2000, Hendrick was one of 59 people to
receive a pardon from President Clinton.
Hendrick team, family killed in crash
Hendrick's brother, John, president of Hendrick Motorsports
and also a car dealer. His twin daughters Kimberly and Jennifer
were also on the plane.
Hendrick's son, Ricky, who drove a Busch series car for his
father until a shoulder injury sustained in a racing accident
caused him to retire in 2002 at age 22. Hendrick helped his son
secure a motorcycle dealership, and was grooming him to take a
larger role with the race teams. Ricky owned the Busch series car
Brian Vickers drove to the series championship last season, and
Kyle Busch currently pilots.
Randy Dorton, chief engine builder at Hendrick Motorsports.
Widely regarded as one of the best of the business, several NASCAR
teams lease the engines Dorton builds.
Jeff Turner, general manager of Hendrick Motorsports.