View Full Version : Hendricks Racing takes a hit.
10-24-2004, 05:33 PM
Not earthshaking news, but Team owner Rick Hendrick lost his son and brother and 8 others in a plane crash that were headed to the Martinville Race today.
Hendricks is the owner of Nascar stars such as Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson and Terry Labonte. Planes are sure neat and fast, but when they blow an engine you can't pull off the road.
Man, that's a hit to the family. I imagine two pilots and the rest of the family was on board as well. That's rough. Hendricks is my favorite racing team for what it's worth. Jimmy Johnson won today.
I was hoping they might find a crash landing but all died in the crash.
10-24-2004, 05:35 PM
He lost his son and twin daughters, not to mention his brother.
What a tragedy.
10-24-2004, 05:52 PM
I'm a big Hendrick's Racing fan. You can have it all taken away so fast. When someone has an illness you can prepare. Things like that hit you like a baseball bat on the back of the head.
10-24-2004, 05:58 PM
Terrible. You expect accidents in their profession, but this is just tragic.
I have no hesitation getting on an airliner, but small aircraft scares the hell out of me.
10-24-2004, 06:51 PM
my prayers are with him this day.
10-24-2004, 08:02 PM
Rick Hendrick lost his son, Ricky, his brother John and his twin daughters Kimberly and Jennifer.
Also victims of the crash were the VP and GM of Hendrick Motorsports Jeff Turner, and the chief engine builder Randy Dorton.
Scott Latham was also on the plane, who was Tony Stewart's helicopter pilot as well.
10-24-2004, 08:07 PM
Why is this not earthshattering? To hear someone lost four family members and probably others he knew well in one day - I'd think it must be pretty shattering to what's left of their family. Not to mention the impact of a plane hitting the ground is technically earthshattering.
Poor choice of words, Mock.
10-24-2004, 09:48 PM
It's not earthshattering because the earth is full of tragedy.
That's why. I'm a huge Hendrick's racing fan so can it.
It's a tragedy, not an earthshaker. Your being an asshole. People die all the time. That wasn't the point either.
Usually I wouldn't go into this, but I didn't minimze anything. I put things into their perspective.
What did you want me to say? Hendrick Family dies, world ends?
Just go before I lose my patience. I cried for the lost and you want to play semantics. **** off.
10-24-2004, 09:57 PM
I am really on the edge of my seat Texas Bob. Go on.
10-24-2004, 10:16 PM
Needless to say, I am very upset about the loss. I can't imagine what Rick Hendrick is going through right now. He had just recently lost his father too. ( Papa Joe Hendrick ) A win today for the organization sure seems insignificant when ten people's lives are taken so quickly.
Thoughts and prayers go out to all the families.
10-25-2004, 11:20 AM
Hendrick has shut down their website. All you can access is the homepage which has an official statement.
Any NASCAR fan will understand what I'm saying when I say that we may be rivals on Sundays, but we're all part of the same family the rest of the time.
I've been to the Hendrick shop many times, and it really is the nicest of them all. It's been called a compound in all the news stories, and it really is. Full of trees and a pond, it is easily accessible, although you could miss it as the entrance is off a very narrow road. You drive down and then at the bend you see all the shops and museum. My niece is a fan of the 5 car, so we always go there when we we're in Charlotte for the races.
Losing a family member is so hard, but to lose your son, your brother, and twin nieces, as well as friends and colleagues in one fell swoop is almost unimaginable.
10-25-2004, 11:48 AM
That's rough. Jeff Gordon just got a ton thrown on his shoulders. He's a part owner, Labonte is a veteran, hopefully they can keep the team together. Losing their top engine builder isn't going to help either.
Hopefully Jeff Gordon can pull the team together but man. It wouldn't surprise me to see Hendrick park it, but hopefully he wont. I think Jeff Gordon is up to the task, I can't think of better guys than Gordon, Johnson and LaBontte and their crews to hold the operation together.
I don't know if the dude has a wife, if he does, at least she wasn't on it. Losing the head motorhead isn't going to help either. I think Jeff Gordon will step up to the plate and assume some more responsibility. The question is how much he can handle. It's incredibly sad, it is a class organization.
10-25-2004, 10:28 PM
I'm still in shock and this may sound completely callous, but man, that is a huge hit to our engine program. Dorton was one of the best out there.
There's no way Hendrick parks anything. They race. Anytime a tragedy like this has struck like Adam Petty, Earnhardt, Kenny Irwin....they always keep racing. And he has 2 cars in this chase.
Were you talking about Hendrick himself stepping out of it, Mock?
Very very cool addition to your sig, winston. You are all class, buddy.
10-26-2004, 02:45 AM
I just don't know if the team can handle this much.
Jeff Gordon has the balls to stay with the team. What I am saying is Gordon might need to go into the pit for a year after the tragedy and let Johnson take the flag.
Who knows. It seems stupid but I cried over this. People die every day, but it was a pretty cool racecorp. It's like when Papa Earnheart died only kinda worse because it...well...you know. you crash and burn on the track is one thing. You still have to put it all in perspective, but it's a tragedy. My brother runs the Fairmont Airport in Minnesota, and damn you talk about fog and wind and icing conditions?
He hasn't brought down a plane yet, I'm so proud of him. He runs the airport. You have to bring planes in above and below the icing levels, Move them around icing levels. Up here, if you ice up, your dead meat. I worry about him but he's a champion on icing.
He almost went down once. I almost lost him. He lost lift during icing.
10-26-2004, 04:25 PM
Man that was horrible news.
You knew something was up when Jimmy Johnson was stop at the beginning of pit road and was surrounded by NASCAR officials.
Then they broke the news...I was in shock.
Gordon has been my favorite racer ever since I became a NASCAR fan and that just hrut to hear the news about the Hendricks.
10-30-2004, 04:47 AM
The team is bucking up and fighting back. Gordon, Labonte and Johnson all look steeleyed. I just hope they don't overdrive this week. Gordon is going to go balls out this week. I hope he keeps in his pants. I got a feeling he's going to go balls out. This race is going to be interesting.