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1990: Days of Thunder

Rick Hendrick served as a technical consultant for Paramount Pictures on the 1990 motion picture “Days of Thunder.” The movie starred Tom Cruise, who played an ambitious young stock-car driver named Cole Trickle. Cruise drove Hendrick Motorsports-built Chevrolet Lumina race cars during filming, even practicing with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field prior to the race at Phoenix in 1989. One of the “Days of Thunder” race cars typically can be found on display in the Hendrick Motorsports museum. The film earned more than $80 million at the box office.

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