There is no one in NASCAR that has a bigger footprint as an owner than Rick Hendrick. He has shown that longevity and persistence will bring much success.
Starting out as a one car team with Geoff Bodine as the driver, Hendrick began winning races with drivers by the names of Waltrip, Rudd, and Labonte. But, in 1992, he found the guy that would set forth a dynasty that is unlike any other in NASCAR.
A young driver named Jeff Gordon signed on to drive the bright, rainbow colored DuPont Chevrolet, making his debut at the season finale in Atlanta. A year later, he won rookie of the year. He won his first race in 1994 followed by the organization's first championship in 1995.
That championship set off four consecutive titles for Hendrick, three with Gordon and one with Terry Labonte, who beat Gordon for the title. Gordon brought the fourth title to the organization in 2001, and soon added a new driver to the mix.
It was a California driver named Jimmie Johnson,who was most recognized for a hard wreck at Watkins Glen in the then-Busch Series, where he stood on his car after hitting styrofoam.
Johnson made his rookie debut in 2002, winning the pole for the Daytona 500. What came next was something thought to be impossible in NASCAR. Johnson would win his first championship in 2006, followed it up a year later with a second, then tied Cale Yarborough with three straight in 2008.
Johnson is now poised to put himself and his owner in a league all their own, as he is set to win a fourth straight title this season.
Hendrick has brought youth and experience to his team, signing both Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin to drive for him. Martin has had his best season in a long time, and credits Hendrick for the chance.
No other organization has as many titles or has seen as much success as Hendrick. This dynasty is far from done, it will only get better as the years pass.