The first thing that becomes apparent entering the Hendrick Motorsports complex is pride. At the top of the hill, each of the shops which houses a pair of race teams displays the numbers of the racecars housed inside in super size on the wall. 5 and 24. 48 and 88. This is what we build here. Racecars. And Excellence.
Take a stroll through the on-site museum and there are mementos everywhere of the team’s greatest successes: trophies, racecars, videos on the monitors. This is a team that’s as proud of its past as it is of its present. The team center where the teams meet weekly has a banner hung for each of the organization’s 14 NASCAR national touring series championships: ten Sprint Cup titles, a Nationwide Series and three Camping World Truck Series championships. On the wall, there is a Hendrick logo for each of the company’s 199 Cup Series wins with the car number, driver, and racetrack where the victory was taken. The spot for umber 200 is clearly marked; whichever of the team’s four drivers next finds victory lane will permanently occupy that spot in the team’s-and NASCAR’s-lore.