CONCORD, N.C. – Rick Hendrick, the team owner of Hendrick Motorsports and the chairman and CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group, has been named as Honoree at The Amelia in 2024.
The Amelia is Hagerty's annual car collector event at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for automotive enthusiasts. The 2024 event will be held from Feb. 29 to March 3, and you can learn more about it here.
As Honoree, there will be a special display of vehicles from Hendrick’s collection, which will include the Garage 56 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 prepared for the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as cars looking back at the 40 years of Hendrick Motorsports.
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"For my entire life, I’ve loved automobiles and racing. The Amelia is truly a celebration of both of those passions," Hendrick said. "The list of past honorees is filled with names I respect and admire, and it’s incredibly humbling to be mentioned in the same breath. The wonderful success our organization has enjoyed has only been possible because of the many, many people who helped build it over the years. I look forward to experiencing The Amelia and sharing this very special honor with all of them."
Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest team in Cup Series history (301 points-paying wins) and has earned the most championships in the sport’s top level (14). The organization is set to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2024 with drivers Alex Bowman, William Byron, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson behind the wheel of its four cars.
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On the car business side, Hendrick Automotive Group is the largest privately held dealership operator in the country. The company employs over 10,000 people with collision centers, accessories distributor installers and 131 retail franchises across 13 states. In 2022, Hendrick Automotive Group sold more than 185,000 vehicles and serviced nearly 2.5 million.
"Rick Hendrick embodies the racer’s dream, working his way up from car salesman to owner of a dealer group to NASCAR Cup Series champion over the course of his career," said Hagerty Vice Chairman, Concours Group Matt Orendac. "It takes a small army to put a successful race car on track, and to win at the level and consistency of Hendrick Motorsports is unheard of. Rick has paved the way for multiple world-class drivers to fulfill their dream and has helped create memories for generations of fans."
At the 2023 edition of The Amelia, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, NASCAR Hall of Famer and team vice chairman Jeff Gordon was the Honoree. That event included a showcase of vehicles that Gordon drove and won with in his career as well as a seminar with his three-time championship-winning crew chief and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham.