#9 Hendrick Motorsports Team News and Links

Hendrick Motorsports
Chase Elliott (2022)
Chase Elliott Foundation

NAPA Auto Parts (26 races)(2020)
NAPA Sponsorship
SunEnergy1 (4 races)
Kelley Blue Book (2 races)(2020)
Mountain Dew (2 races)(2020)
Hooters (2 races)

Team Valvoline

Team Hendrick - Twitter
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Chase Elliott - Twitter
Chase Elliott - Facebook
Chase Elliott - Instagram
NAPA Know How - Twitter
NAPA Know How - Facebook

Chase Elliott - ESPN
Chase Elliott - Racing-Reference.info

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Races [26+2] that NAPA Auto Parts is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona, the Clash - 2/11
Daytona, Can-Am Duels - 2/15
Daytona - 2/18
Atlanta - 2/25
Las Vegas - 3/4
Phoenix (ISM) - 3/11
Auto Club - 3/18
Martinsville - 3/25
Texas - 4/8
Richmond - 4/21
Talladega - 4/29
Dover - 5/6
Kansas - 5/12
Charlotte - 5/27
Pocono - 6/3
Sonoma - 6/24
Chicago - 7/1
Kentucky - 7/14
New Hampshire - 7/22
Pocono - 7/29
Michigan - 8/12
Darlington - 9/2
Indianapolis - 9/9
Las Vegas - 9/16
Dover - 10/7
Talladega - 10/14
Phoenix (ISM) - 11/11
Homestead - 11/18

Races [2] that Hooters is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona - 7/7
Richmond - 9/22

Races [2] that Kelley Blue Book is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Bristol - 8/18
Texas - 11/4

Races [4] that SunEnergy1 is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Charlotte, All-Star Race / Open - 5/19
Watkins Glen - 8/5
Charlotte - 9/30
Martinsville - 10/28

Races [3?] that Mountain Dew is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona - 2/11, Clash
Bristol - 4/15
Michigan - 6/10

Contract Status: Driver: 2022; Primary Sponsors: NAPA Auto Parts 2018?; Kelley Blue Book 2020; Mountain Dew/Pepsi 2020; Hooters 2018; SunEnergy1 2018?;

#9 Team / Driver News

Rick Hendrick says Jeff Gordon in line to take over Hendrick Motorsports: Until his death in a 2004 plane crash, Ricky Hendrick was poised to take over at HMS. Nowadays, Hendrick is grooming 47-year-old Jeff Gordon-a four-time Cup champion and 93-time winner-as his successor. "That's the way we're going," Hendrick said. "Whenever I finally step away, it'll be Jeff Gordon in my place."[More](12-13-2018)

Chase Elliott upholds family legacy with Most Popular Driver award: Chase Elliott has followed either in his father's footsteps or the path of Dale Earnhardt Jr., depending on how fans view it, as he won the voting for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver award. Earnhardt had won the award for 15 consecutive years through his retirement following the 2017 season. His 15 overall MPD awards is one short of the all-time record - the 16 earned by Chase Elliott's father, Bill.[More](11-29-2018)

Chase Elliott makes a Playoff statement with victory at Kansas: It took 99 races for Chase Elliott to get his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. Ten events later, the scion of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott has three wins, the latest coming at Kansas Speedway in the Sunday's Round of 12 elimination race in the series Playoffs. Elliott took charge in the Hollywood Casino 400 when Kevin Harvick was hit with a pit road speeding penalty on his last green-flag pit stop on Lap 214 of 267. After inheriting the lead when Brad Keselowski came to pit road on Lap 224, Elliott stayed out front the rest of the way.[More](10-21-2018)

#9-Chase Elliott won the Hollywood Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. The win is his 3rd win of 2018, 1st win at Kansas and 3rd career win.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #20-Jones, #78-Truex, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #12-Blaney, pole winner #22-Logano, #88-Bowman, and #10-Almirola.
#12-Blaney, #2-Keselowski, #42-Larson, and #88-Bowman were eliminated from the Playoffs.
Stage 1 was won by #22-Logano, finished 8th
Stage 2 was won by #4-Harvick. He finished 12th.
Playoff drivers cam through the race relatively unscathed. #4-Harvick had a late penalty for speeding on pit road after leading much of the race. #41-Busch had an uncontrolled tire during a pit stop that put him a lap down.
There were 11 lead changes among 8 drivers and 3 cautions for 17 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 152.713mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings (pdf)
Owners Points Standings (pdf)

Chase Elliott grabs victory at Dover, advances in Monster Energy Cup Playoffs: What looked like a Stewart-Haas Racing victory parade for much of Sunday afternoon ended in a wild overtime scramble, with Chase Elliott taking the checkered flag in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway. On considerably older tires, Elliott pulled ahead cleared runner-up Denny Hamlin through Turns 1 and 2 after a restart on Lap 403 and powered his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet across the finish line .265 second ahead of Hamlin's Toyota. With the victory-his second of the season and the second of his career-Elliott punched his ticket into the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, extricating himself from the bottom four in the postseason standings.[More](10-7-2018)

#9-Chase Elliott won the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway under an Overtime finish. The win is his 2nd win of 2018 and 2nd of his career.
Elliott stayed out after a caution with 8 laps to go and was able to hang on to the lead through a late race accident and restart. With win locks him into the Round of 8 in the Playoffs.
#11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #20-Jones, #41-Busch, #4-Harvick, #3-Dillon, pole sitter #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #19-Suarez, and #12-Blaney.
#4-Harvick dominated most of the race, winning the first two stages and leading 286 laps, but had to make an extra green flag pit stop late in the race after a valve stem was knocked off during his first stop.
#14-Bowyer wrecked with less than 10 laps remaining and finished 35th.
With less than 4 laps remaining an accident involved #2-Keselowski, #88-Bowman, #12-Blaney and #10-Almirola. Bowman was unable to continue and finished 28th. Keselowski, Almirola and Blaney continued on to the finish. The accident caused a red flag for track cleanup and led to the Overtime finish.
There were 15 lead changes among 8 drivers and 5 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 122.404mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings(pdf)
Owners Points Standings (pdf)

Elliott to drive new NAPA Nightvision Chevy at Talladega:Next weekend, Chase Elliott's No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will have a new look. At Talladega Superspeedway, Elliott's ride will feature NAPA Nightvision Lamps. The paint scheme features a gold accent from quarter panel to quarter panel.[More](10-3-2018)

AfterShokz signs Chase Elliott and Bubba Wallace as brand ambassadors: AfterShokz, the award-winning headphone brand known for its patented bone conduction technology, announced today the signing of NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott and Bubba Wallace as professional athlete brand ambassadors. Elliott and Wallace are two of the most popular and accomplished young drivers in the sport of NASCAR with fast-growing fan bases.[More](9-28-2018)

Hooters extends sponsorship of Chase Elliott: Hooters has extended its primary sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 9 Chevy driven by Chase Elliott, maintaining a deal that the restaurant chain has begun leveraging heavily. The extension is for three seasons (through '21) and it will see a slight uptick in the investment to HMS by Hooters, which will go from two to three primary sponsorships on the No. 9 annually.[More](9-21-2018)

Chase Elliott wins thriller at Watkins Glen to score first Cup victory: History will record that Chase Elliott won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race by a whopping 7.560 seconds over reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. That description, however, doesn't do justice to Elliott's magnificent drive over the final 32 laps of Sunday's Go Bowling at the Glen, with Truex hounding him every inch of the way before running out of fuel with two corners left. "Holy cow, I don't know what to say-just so thrilled, so emotional, so much relief," said Elliott, who notched his first win in NASCAR's foremost series in his 99th start, after recording eight second-place finishes. "Working on three years, I hadn't won one.[More](8-5-2018)

Chase Elliott won the Go Bowling at the Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. The win is the first of his career in his 99th start.
#78-Truex, Jr. finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #19-Suarez, #20-Jones, #42-Larson, #1-McMurray, #24-Byron, #41-Busch, and #4-Harvick.
Elliott led 50 of the 90 laps, including the final 32. He held off a hard charge by Truex, Jr over the final laps of the race before Truex ran out of gas on the final lap.
Pole sitter #11-Hamlin finished 13th after late pit stop problems.
There were 9 lead changes among 5 drivers and 4 cautions for 11 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 98.928mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Drivers Standings
Owners Standings

Mtn Dew and Hendrick Motorsports extend long-standing partnership: Twelve-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports and Mtn Dew have extended their long-standing partnership through 2020. The renewal will see star driver Chase Elliott continue to represent the bold and original Mtn Dew brand. Beginning in 2018 and continuing throughout the two-year extension, Mtn Dew will be a primary sponsor of Elliott and his #9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team for four Cup Series races annually. In addition, Mtn Dew, which has supported Elliott since his 2016 rookie of the year season, will be featured as an associate sponsor of the #9 team in all other events.[More](7-11-2018)

Chase Elliott's Darlington throwback honors his cousin: Chase Elliott, along with his father Bill Elliott and uncle Ernie Elliott, unveiled the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 throwback paint scheme that will race at Darlington. The scheme pays homage to a car driven by Chase Elliott's late cousin Casey Elliott.[More](7-10-2018)

Special scheme for Elliott at Michigan: When Chase Elliott takes to the track next week at Michigan International Speedway, he'll be behind the wheel of a brand new #9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.[More](5-31-2018)

SunEnergy1 on the #9 for Monster Energy Open: For the first time in the 2018 season, SunEnergy1, one of the world's largest privately held solar energy companies, will adorn the hood of the #9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. This weekend's NASCAR Cup Series Open race will be the first of four races that SunEnergy1 will serve as the primary sponsor for Chase Elliott.[More](5-17-2018)

Chase Elliott wonders 'what if' following third-place finish: But unlike other victory near-misses - he's had eight career runner-up finishes, including one just last week - Elliott conceded this time he was a victim of circumstance.[More](4-29-2018)

Texas post-race penalties announced: #9-Chase Elliott's team recevied an L1 penalty for a rear window bracket violation. Three crew members were suspended for violation of NASCAR's substance abuse policy.[More](4-11-2018)

Baja Blast on the #9 at Bristol: The fans have spoken and Mountain Dew has listened. This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Baja Blast will return to the racetrack on Chase Elliott's #9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.[More](4-10-2018)

Phoenix post-race penalties announced: Chase Elliott's team received an L1 penalty for a rear suspension violation and lost 25 points. Five Cup teams and two XFINITY teams were penalized for lug nut violations. Two crew members were suspended for violation of the substance abuse policy.[More](3-14-2018)

Best friends Blaney and Wallace proving to be contenders at Daytona: Leading into this season-opening Daytona 500 race week, Ryan Blaney's competitors noted what a good restrictor plate racer the 24-year had already shown himself to be. Thursday night in winning the opening Can-Am Duel on the Daytona International Speedway high banks he made them look smart - and himself look absolutely like a Daytona 500 favorite. He did it by beating a former Daytona 500 winner in his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano and benefitting from a late race push from his best friend, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., who finished an impressive third in his Duel debut.[More](2-16-2018)

Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott triumph in Can-Am Duel at Daytona: Ryan Blaney held off Team Penske teammate Joey Logano to win Thursday night's first 150-mile qualifying race in the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway, but the story of the race was the list of prominent cars that did not survive until the checkered flag. In the second Duel, Chase Elliott grabbed the lead on Lap 27 of 60 and held it the rest of the way, beating Kevin Harvick to the finish line by .081 seconds. Erik Jones survived an early spin to run third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch.[More](2-15-2018)

NAPA Auto Parts signs two year extension with Hendrick: NAPA AUTO PARTS has grown its relationship with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a new agreement that immediately expands its majority sponsorship of driver Chase Elliott and the #9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team in 2018 and extends its support for another two years through the 2020 racing season.[More](2-13-2018)

Elliott takes Chevy Camaro for 1st NASCAR Cup laps at Texas Chase Elliott took the new Chevrolet Camaro for its inaugural NASCAR Cup laps on Tuesday and Martin Truex Jr. climbed into his Toyota for the first time since becoming series champion. Soon-to-be clean-shaven Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola, both with new teams, ran laps at Texas Motor Speedway in their Fords.[More](1-9-2018)

Kelley Blue Book and Hendrick Motorsports extend partnership through 2020: Kelley Blue Book, the most trusted brand for car pricing, research, valuation and selling your car, has extended its relationship with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a three-year contract renewal through the 2020 racing season. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Kelley Blue Book will be featured as a two-race primary sponsor and full-season associate sponsor of driver Chase Elliott and his #9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team. [More](1-18-2018)

Doug Douchardt named COO at Chip Ganassi Racing: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted to Managing Director of the team's NASCAR Operation joining Mike Hull, Managing Director of the team's INDYCAR and IMSA Operations. Additionally, a newly formed Corporate Office will include Team Owner and CEO Chip Ganassi, President Steve Lauletta, COO Duchardt, CFO Chuck Gottschalk and Vice President of Human Resources Rob Wilder. The Corporate Office will oversee all of CGR's racing and commercial activities globally.[More](1-3-2018)

Tab Boyd to serve as Byron's spotter in 2018: Boyd has served as spotter for Logano in Cup and Johnny Sauter in the Truck Series.[More](11-8-2017)

Darian Grubb named crew chief for William Byron: Hendrick Motorsports has named veteran crew chief Darian Grubb to lead the #24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team of driver William Byron, who will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2018 and compete for rookie of the year honors.[More](11-1-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports unveils 2018 paint schemes: Thursday evening, Hendrick Motorsports ushered in a new era with the reveal of its four primary Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 paint schemes for the 2018 Daytona 500. The thrilling event, held in uptown Charlotte, not only featured all four of the organization's 2018 drivers - Chase Elliott, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman - but also saw Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, 14-time most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott supporting them on stage.[More](10-5-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports 2018 car reveal Thursday at NHOF On Oct. 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will reveal the 2018 Daytona 500 primary paint schemes for all four of its Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams. It will mark the first time Hendrick Motorsports has unveiled all four of its Daytona 500 cars together and the first official appearance of the team's 2018 driver lineup:
- Chase Elliott and the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- William Byron and the #24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Jimmie Johnson and the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Alex Bowman and the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The event is open to fans via the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Information on how fans can attend is available at the NHOF website. The event will also be streamed live on NASCAR.com and the Hendrick Motorsports Facebook page.(Hendrick Motorsports / NASCAR Hall of Fame)[Read More Here](10-3-2017)

Chase Elliott to drive the #9 in 2018; William Byron in the #24: In 2018, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will introduce the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro to its four-car team with Elliott in the driver's seat. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native raced the #9 to the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series title, and his Hall of Fame father Bill Elliott memorably drove it to 38 Cup-level wins and the 1988 series championship. When Byron starts his first career Daytona 500 next year, it will be in the iconic #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet made famous by four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and his storied Rainbow Warriors team. Byron will begin his 2018 rookie season at the same age Gordon was (20) when he made his Cup debut in 1992.[More](8-29-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports announces several team promotions: Hendrick Motorsports has elevated eight senior leaders into new positions designed to strengthen the 12-time and defending NASCAR Cup Series champions and enhance the team's overall management structure. The eight executives, who will assume their new roles immediately, have more than 150 combined years of service with the organization.[More](8-15-2017)

JRM Licensing Announces Partnership with CounterFind: JRM Licensing, LLC, which manages the licensed merchandise programs for all the Hendrick Motorsports and JR Motorsports teams and drivers, announced today a partnership with CounterFind, a company specializing in eliminating counterfeit merchandise in the social commerce space. The partnership is the first of its kind for JRM Licensing.
"We have seen a big uptick in the amount of counterfeit merchandise advertised on the various social media platforms," said Joe Mattes, vice president of JRM Licensing. "We're confident this new partnership with CounterFind will assist in reining in the counterfeiters. We want to proactively police the marketplace to protect our clients' brands and trademarks. NASCAR has one of the best fanbases in all of sports, and it's our responsibility to ensure that fans are purchasing authentic, quality merchandise manufactured by officially licensed vendors." Founded by former NFL player Darren Woodson, CounterFind is a turnkey technology used by some of the world's leading sports and entertainment brands to combat counterfeit goods in social commerce. CounterFind's software combines image recognition with human intelligence to detect and report all ads marketing counterfeit merchandise on Facebook and Instagram in real time. "CounterFind is solving the problems that broad internet protection companies can't figure out," said Woodson, CounterFind Founder. "If someone launches an ad on Facebook marketing a counterfeit product for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, or Chase Elliott, we will find it and have it removed in less than 24 hours."(JRM Licensing)(6-28-2017)

Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports agree to contract extension Hendrick Motorsports and driver Chase Elliott have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year with the #24 Chevrolet SS team through the end of the 2022 racing season. Elliott, who signed with Hendrick Motorsports in February 2011 as a 15-year-old high school freshman, has emerged as one of NASCAR's rising stars. In 2016, he earned a Cup playoff berth and was the series' top rookie after posting 10 top-five finishes, 17 top-10s and two pole positions, including the season-opening Daytona 500. Through 16 points races of his sophomore season, he is sixth in the Cup standings. Elliott's previous contract with Hendrick Motorsports ran through 2018.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Read More Here](6-27-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports GM Doug Duchardt leaving Hendrick Motorsports executive vice president and general manager Doug Duchardt will leave the organization later this summer. He will remain in his role through the end of June. Duchardt, 53, came to Hendrick Motorsports in January 2005 as vice president of development, a position in which he oversaw race car design, engineering and production. In July 2013, he was elevated to the newly created role of general manager, directing all racing operations for the team. Duchardt's responsibilities will be assigned to multiple team members, including Hendrick Motorsports president Marshall Carlson, chief financial officer Scott Lampe and vice president of competition Ken Howes. The organization does not plan to fill the general manager role.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Read More Here](6-6-2017)

Chase Elliott Launches Chase Elliott Foundation #24-Chase Elliott announced the launch of the Chase Elliott Foundation with the unveiling of special, children-designed racing shoes that Elliott and his three Hendrick Motorsports teammates will wear during this weekend's NASCAR races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The racing shoes are the result of the "Design 2 Drive 4 Children's" art design collaboration with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Children's), the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia. Patients at Children's submitted color sketches of racing shoes with a summer camp theme and five drawings were selected to be replicated on Alpinestars racing shoes and worn by the Hendrick teammates at Atlanta. Each of the five racing shoes are being auctioned off online for ten days beginning today. Auction proceeds go to benefit the summer camp program that Children's runs for its large patient network. At the special announcement today at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, a children's hospital facility in Atlanta, the Chase Elliott Foundation also presented Children's with a check for $24,000, collected from proceeds of a 24-day holiday online auction program conducted this past December. In doing so, Chase Elliott Foundation Executive Director Cindy Elliott told the crowd of assembled Children's staff, patients and family of the non-profit organization's mission to helping others live healthier, happier lives. For more information, visit ChaseElliott.com/foundation. [More](3-2-2017)

Forbes ranks NASCAR's most valuable teams: A dozen years ago, few leagues could match the popularity of NASCAR, which boasted record-high viewership and was going toe-to-toe with the NFL. But then few leagues suffered worse during the economic crash.[More](2-23-2017)

Hooters to sponsor Chase Elliott: Hooters has joined 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of driver Chase Elliott and the #24 Chevrolet SS team beginning in 2017. A casual dining establishment with a deep history in NASCAR, Hooters will be a two-race primary sponsor and full-season associate sponsor of the #24 team in both 2017 and 2018. The Hooters Chevrolet SS will debut May 7 at Talladega Superspeedway and appear again during the Chase for the NASCAR Cup Nov. 12 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hooters has been a primary sponsor in more than 150 Cup-level races, notably as the full-season sponsor of 1992 premier series champion Alan Kulwicki. That year, Kulwicki won two races and narrowly edged Elliott's father, 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott, by 10 points to win the title. As part of the new relationship, Hooters has launched a full year of promotions, exclusive content and commemorative merchandise for fans at www.hooters.com. Beginning today, fans can register for the chance to win a trip for two to meet Elliott and cheer on the #24 team from pit road at the Nov. 12 Phoenix race. Everyone who registers will receive a $5 off certificate toward their next visit to Hooters. For a limited time, the first fans to register can also purchase collectible limited-edition $24 Hooters gift cards commemorating Elliott and the new #24 Hooters Chevy.(Hendrick Motorsports)(1-23-2017)

Liberty University partners with Hendrick Automotive Group on dealership management class: In the spring, Liberty University will pilot its first course in automotive dealership management, thanks to a partnership with Hendrick Automotive Group, the nation's largest privately held automotive retail organization. Liberty plans to offer a full specialization next fall, under its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Dan DeHass, executive general manager for Mall of Georgia Mazda, Mall of Georgia MINI and Rick Hendrick Buick GMC, said there is a "giant void" for educating students in automotive dealership management and that most college students may not realize the "unbelievable opportunities within the industry." Only two other colleges in the nation have these programs, even though the U.S. has the second-largest automotive industry in the world (behind China). Students will be trained in managing a dealership as well as how to adapt to technology in an ever-changing marketplace. "The purpose is building future owners of dealerships," Hicks said. "If we can get students to think like owners and to learn the business that well, they are going to make phenomenal employees and, potentially, owners." Hendrick Automotive Group is working with Liberty to develop the curriculum, and some of its employees will contribute to course instruction, including prerecorded and live videos. The North Carolina-based automotive company has an extensive training program in place, which will be incorporated into expanding Liberty's curriculum.(Liberty University)(11-28-2016)

Hendrick Family Foundation to launch with event: Rick and Linda Hendrick have established the not-for-profit Hendrick Family Foundation, which is rooted in the belief that people working together can transform the lives of those in need and have a meaningful impact on our communities. The sold out "Learn Live Hope" celebration will represent the new foundation's first formal fundraising initiative. Scheduled for May 22 at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina, the annual charity event will benefit Be The Match, Levine Children's Hospital and Together We Feed Charlotte. In 2015, Learn Live Hope generated more than $1.6 million to support multiple organizations. The Hendrick Family Foundation will consolidate the philanthropic efforts of the Hendrick organization, including Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group. It will absorb the Hendrick Marrow Program, which Rick Hendrick founded in 1997 and has raised more than $15 million in partnership with Be The Match to support patients in need of life-saving marrow or cord blood transplants. The Hendrick Family Foundation will continue to work with Be The Match.(Hendrick Motorsports)(5-21-2016)
UPDATE: Last weekend's sold out "Learn Live Hope" event was the first formal fundraising initiative for Rick and Linda Hendrick's not-for-profit Hendrick Family Foundation. The annual event was held May 22 at The Fillmore, with Bank of America returning once again as the title sponsor. Among the guests were drivers Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson, broadcasters Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip, and former New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson. The beneficiaries were Be The Match, Levine Children's Hospital and Together We Feed Charlotte. And "Learn Live Hope" raised $1.3 million in 2016 - one year after generating more than $1.6 million to support multiple organizations in 2015 when a golf tournament was featured as a portion of the event. The golf tournament was not held in 2016 as the course was under construction.
At this year's function, Bank of America Chief Administrative Officer Andrea Smith presented Hendrick with a $100,000 donation. Bank of America has supported "Learn Live Hope" for more than a decade as its title sponsor.(HMS)(5-28-2016)

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