Two legendary NASCAR team owners, driver named to 2016 NMPA Hall of Fame

Rick Hendrick was among three people named for the 2016 class at the NMPA Hall of Fame Tuesday. (Getty Images)
Rick Hendrick was among three people  named for the 2016 class at the NMPA Hall of Fame Tuesday. (Getty Images)
Rick Hendrick was among three people named for the 2016 class at the NMPA Hall of Fame Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Three legendary names in all of motorsports were named as inductees into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame Tuesday. The 2016 NMPA Hall of Fame induction class consists of NASCAR multi-championship team owners Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs, along with four-time Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time IndyCar champion driver Al Unser.

Joseph Riddick Hendrick III, best known as “Rick” or simply “Mister H” was born in 1949 and raised on the family farm near Palmer Springs, Virginia. At 27, he was the youngest Chevrolet dealer in America, and built an empire that has grown into the sixth-largest automotive group in the country. But it is in NASCAR where Hendrick and his Hendrick Motorsports organization have made the biggest impact.

Since its first race in the 1984 Daytona 500 where the team finished eighth and its first win seven races later by Geoff Bodine at Martinsville Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports has amassed countless NASCAR records in its 32-year existence: 14 NASCAR driver championships, including 11 in the premier Sprint Cup Series and 14 owner championships across three national series. MORE>>>

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