Hendrick, the founder and Chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports, is the most successful NASCAR owner in the modern era with over 200 wins at the Sprint Cup level and 13 owner championships across NASCAR’s three national divisions. Meanwhile, his Hendrick Automotive Group is the second-largest privately held automotive dealership group and the sixth-largest automotive dealership group, overall, boasting 87 dealerships that represent 28 nameplates. It also includes 121 franchises, 24 collision centers and three distributor installers in 13 states.
“We are pleased to honor Mr. Hendrick, whose ingenuity and achievement reflect the ingenuity of a true entrepreneur,” Alexandria (Va.) Hyundai President and 2014 Washington Auto Show Chairman Kevin Reilly said.
Aside from automotive-related accomplishments, Hendrick established the Hendrick Marrow Program in 1997 after being diagnosed, himself, with leukemia. The Program works with the Be the Match Foundation in support of the National Marrow Donor Program. Since its inception, the Hendrick Marrow Program has raised over $12 million and added more than 100,000 marrow donors to the Be the Match Registry.
“Rick has become and auto industry icon through his charity, hard work, grit and determination,” Crain Communications Chairman and Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain said. “He has achieved unimaginable success as an automotive dealer and NASCAR owner, and he has persevered through unspeakable grief and continues to give back and that combination makes him unique and the perfect recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Previous recipients of the Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award include Edsel Ford II, Roger Penske, Carroll Shelby, Ralph Nader and Congressman John D. Dingell.
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