NASCAR team owner and Hendrick Automotive Group founder Rick Hendrick was recently bestowed one of the highest honors a Chevrolet enthusiast could ask for– being inducted into the National Corvette Museum’s 2015 Corvette Hall of Fame.
Earlier this month, the two-time Winston Cup Series driver was formally inducted into the museum’s ‘Enthusiast’ category as one of the “most influential individuals in the history of the Corvette” for his contributions as a Corvette collector, dealer, and promoter. Over the years he’s also used the car to help raise millions of dollars for charity.
“… To be standing here tonight and being inducted into the Corvette hall of fame is hard for me to fathom, really,“ he said during his acceptance speech.
Today, Hendrick owns the aptly titled Hendrick Motorsports racing team and his automotive group currently spans 98 franchises and 10,000 employees across 13 states, which makes it one of the largest dealer groups in the country.
Hendrick has been involved with the Chevrolet and the Corvette for decades and from his acceptance speech it’s clear he is deeply passionate about the brand and the car. He also owns a large collection of Corvettes including many first and last model year vehicles, like the VIN 1 Z06 Corvette Stingray.
“You are a special group. I love the Corvette. There is no more passion that anyone could have for anything outside of my family,” he remarked. “You’ve made this one of the most special days of my life, thank you.”
Check out his full acceptance speech above.